I talked here about my antisocial gym habits and complained about people that try to strike up gym conversations even when I have my earbuds in. In light of that, I think it's only fair to share the much different experience that I had on Tuesday afternoon. Giving some credit where it's due.
I officially started my half-marathon training on Monday; day two called for 3 miles. Since there's no way I can spend such little time at the gym once I'm there, I followed my run with a 45 minute upper body and core strength session.
After I finished up my sweat session, I was sitting up front changing out my shoes, and I had already taken my buds out. A guy walking by gave an approving nod and simply said "You were killing it!" A second guy nearby threw in a, "Yeah, most women won't even touch real weights. That's awesome to see."
And that was it. I walked out of the gym with my head held a little higher. I told both of them thank you, but I felt like I should go tell them again. Thank you for respecting women in the gym, for what they can do and not what they look like. For saying only things that should be said. For knowing when to make conversation, when to give a compliment, and when to keep your mouth shut. Gentlemen, take note.