But there is one thing I can do, that has no impact on anyone else. But lately I've felt like my control has slipped. And today, people, I want to take that back.
I run because it makes me feel good. Not because I want to show off my mileage. Not because I'm training for a race. And certainly not because I want to look a certain way (my legs wobble in a truly delightful way). It's not in anyone else's interests but my own, and yet the whole world seems to have an opinion about me moving my own feet.
To put it bluntly: I am sick to death of being shouted at, heckled, beeped and run after (I kid you not) every single time I want to get my heart rate up.
It's not a compliment. It does not "spur me on". It makes me jump, makes me worry about my safety in the dark, and quite frankly it would be heart-stoppingly terrifying if I didn't know that you wouldn't be able to keep up, should I decide to leg it away.
"Ignore it", you might say. But why should I have to? Why should I have to hear your noises and pretend like it's not happening?
I can't retaliate either. I can't square up to you because you're often bigger than me, or you're too fast in your stupid revved up Polo, or you're in a pack of intoxicated morons. You have the control. You have taken the control away from me, away from me doing what I love for myself.
I shouldn't have to take a bloke with me to stop this from happening. When I'm out running with my boyfriend or my Dad, the voices miraculously disappear.
It bores me to tears and what upsets me the most is that it doesn't make me want to run faster - it makes me want to stop. I am bored of it and I am bored of the idea that this happens to other runners too.
So, if you're reading this and you're the type of arsehole who thinks it's funny to honk at someone trying to better themselves, take a good long look at yourself. All you are doing is showing your inadequacy because you know we'd beat you in a race.
And if you're like me, sick of the noises, I hear you. I'll carry on sharing my progress and celebrating you on your milestones. I'm not sure what the solution is, but I know damn sure I'll carry on running faster, longer and stronger - because I want us to win.