Ladies, I know you understand: no matter how much running experience we have or how little they do, men are still mansplaining their way through training runs alongside us, about everything from heart rate variability to how Hanson’s Marathon Training plan really works.
And while I know they don’t mean to invalidate our assertions with male superior knowledge about #allthethings (mostly), their “meant to be helpful” statements often come on the heels of what we just said. Not extending or reaffirming what we just said, but explaining it to us in ways our lady brains can understand by repeating or restating it as a) their assertion, validated by their authority as male knowers of everything and b) completely neglecting that we just made the exact same point. Even more insidious, sometimes they’ll disagree with what we just said and then, to prove their contra-point, will then use OUR OWN DAMN WORDS.
As a public service to the running community, we’ve created this handy flowchart to help those dudes who might not even be aware that they are mansplaining away to their lady running buddies. Please distribute as necessary.