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by Meghann on March 5, 2013

I think we all have one of “those” neighbors. You know the ones I’m talking about. The concerned ones. The retired ones. The ones who sit outside all day listening to classical music on their old record player with a drink in one hand and their cane in the other. The ones we walk our dogs in the opposite direction down the street to avoid their house.

I have one of those neighbors. He lives at the end of the street and is always outside. He’s a nice old man, but sometimes he just makes me laugh. For starters, I think he thinks I live with my parents. Though I’ve told him I live with my husband, he always asks how my parents are and to tell them “hi” for him (they’ve never met).

He’s also always tell me to put on pants. Especially on cooler mornings like this morning. I left for my run wearing a running skirt and tank top (it was in the low 50s – PERFECT running weather) and he got out of his chair and ran to the end of his driveway telling me to go home and put more clothes on. This isn’t the first time this has happened. Since the mornings have been cooler, it has sort of turned into a weekly thing. I run by in a shorts and tank top, he tells me I’m going to catch a cold and die. “You want to live to be old like me? Put on a pair of slacks.” Keep in mind we live in Florida… not upstate New York.

I’ve gotten used to it and sort of just brush him off. At first I would smile and wave thinking he was joking, but now I’m for sure he’s dead serious. Sigh. I’m sorry old man, I’m not giving up on my running skirts just yet. Especially when it’s 50 degrees out. I’m going to soak up these nice temps as much as I can before it becomes unbearably hot. I’m afraid he might have a heart attack when he sees me running in just a sports bra in the dead of summer. Just a sports bra?! The horror! The horror!

Do you have one of “those” neighbors?

The rest of the run was great. My running skirt and I ran 7 miles with a 4 mile tempo at 8:15ish.



I tried my beloved Greek Yogurt Pancakes this morning with Lemon Chobani and loved it. They tasted like lemon muffins topped with hot berries and marionberry syrup.



Have a great Tuesday!

1 NYC Fit GIrl March 5, 2013 at 10:53 am

haha that’s too funny! I have an elderly women who lives in my building and she sits in the lobby all the time and always wants to know what I am up to. Got to love old people πŸ™‚
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2 Becky March 5, 2013 at 11:08 am

That’s hilarious! At first I thought it was going to be one of those typical “you-look-like-a-skank” (though there’s nothing wrong with skanks!) comments, but it seems more like he’s concerned about you catching a cold?!

Those pancakes look so goooood. I’m hungry now.
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3 Meghan @ After the Ivy League March 5, 2013 at 11:15 am

Haha! I wish I had a crotchety old man down the street yelling at me, how hilarious! I live in a busy part of the city so there’s not too many elderly folks around. 50-60 degrees is usually my sweet spot for running temps too, I agree, you gotta enjoy it while it lasts!
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4 Emily March 5, 2013 at 11:20 am

Ha that guys sounds cute! That would crack me up, I would play along and tell him he’s right, and say how cold I was:)
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5 Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health March 5, 2013 at 11:25 am

Okay, that is just too funny! I would just laugh at him. Florida has so many retired older people. Gotta love ’em!
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6 Emily March 5, 2013 at 11:26 am

haha gotta love neighbors like that! I have a LOT of interesting neighbors.

We have one that won’t even say hello and will go inside if we are in the backyard facing her and another that has chickens, goats, etc in a small fenced in yard in the city. On the other side, we have a house that’s been vacant for 10 years, but the utilities are still on and the lights turn on every night. So creepy!
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7 rachel March 5, 2013 at 11:27 am

i always seem to get the old people who want me to stop and talk to them – as i’m RUNNING by. i had a lady wave me down – i stopped, concerned, – and she wanted to congratulate me on running…and then asked for my help on getting a snake out of a bush.
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8 Sara March 5, 2013 at 11:27 am

In the summer, he’ll probably tell you to stop running altogether because it’s too hot and you’ll overheat and die!
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9 Amy March 5, 2013 at 11:54 am

The fact he uses the word slacks makes me laugh out loud! πŸ™‚
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10 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 5, 2013 at 11:55 am

Hahahahaha omg that’s hilarious! And awkward all at the same time. I’m so the type of person that would run a different way if possible just to avoid him. I definitely don’t have anyone like him, but i do have a lady in my building who knows I’m in law school and she’ll stop and talk at me for like 30 minutes and i can’t get away. Seriously, AT me, I can’t get a word in, i just stand there politely waiting for her to finish.
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11 Sana March 5, 2013 at 11:56 am

We have a neightbor that always talks about the weather. And it’s not just a five minute conversation. He goes on for hourss! Needless to say we avoid being out of the house when we see him out and about.
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12 Annette @FitnessPerks March 5, 2013 at 11:57 am

Haha. That is funny that he is so concerned about you catching a cold!

Those pancakes do look amazzzzzzing
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13 Carly @ Life in Training March 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I have the old guy from Family Guy in my head. I hope he’s not that creepy!! Now, just imagine how slow your run would be if you had the added weight of pants. Next time, just yell, “Aerodynamics, baby!” as you run past.
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14 Belinda March 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm

I tried the Greek yogurt pancakes over the weekend and loved them! Thanks for sharing the recipe last week.

15 TorontoRunner March 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm

LOL, oh man..this will be interesting when you do run in just a sports bra.
No crazy/awkward/neighbour stories here..everyone is pretty normal (unfortunately?!?)
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16 Amanda March 5, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Hahahaha awww. At least he’s just concerned about your well being instead of thinking you’re wearing something too revealing! I love old people. They’re so funny.
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17 Aimee @ Happy Medium March 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm

That’s horrifying! I applaud runners who are able to brush off people’s comments. I can’t seem to do it yet, which is why I always run with music. o.o

18 Carrie March 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Ahhh misogynistic old men who think they have the right to tell young women what to do. You’re stronger than I am.

19 Angie March 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm

That reminds me of my mom, actually (you, not the neighbor). My mom in the 70s lived in a small town and was training for the police academy so she ran all the time. She had a neighbor who was a chiropractor and EVERY DAY, he yelled at her from his house about how bad she was and how she’d break her back. Too funny. Don’t you love unsolicited advice?

20 MileageMama March 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm

We have a backyard neighbor that we avoid. I’ve even yelled from the my house pretending to need something to rescue my husband when he’s “trapped” in a long-winded conversation at the fence.

And I tried the Greek yogurt pancakes with coffee-flavored yogurt, topped with Nutella. Awesome post-run treat!
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21 Allison March 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Haha! That’s so funny!
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22 Becky @ Olives n Wine March 5, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Haha – your neighbor cracks me up! I live in a condo so I don’t have neighbors yelling at me to put more clothes on but I do get a lot of looks when I wear Uggs and a skirt on my way to work.
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23 Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep March 5, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I have a grumpy, old, Republican neighbor. ‘Nuff said, right?
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24 Maureen March 5, 2013 at 1:09 pm

This the same kind of neighbor that yells “get off my lawn, punks!” I swear my dad is THAT neighbor! LOL
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25 Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat March 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Haha, that is too funny!
I live on the Jersey side of the Hudson outside NYC so nothing really phases anyone around here!
But, when I am down visiting my parents in their little town in Florida, I do get plenty of comments about my running habits. I did a 20 miler down there and used a loop so that I could store water and found myself with a cheering squad πŸ™‚ Nothing better to do than watch me run for 3 hours!
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26 Reenie March 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Ahhhhh…. I think that’s cute. He’s probably lonely.

I LOVE my nosey neighbor…. I mean that seriously. If someone is in my driveway back by my garage, or in my yard, he’s over there ~ asking them what they are doing there. =)

27 River March 5, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Haha – well that’s better than my old man neighbour. My bedroom window faces his yard…EVERY DAY in summer he sunbathes out there naked. So disturbing.

28 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats March 5, 2013 at 2:06 pm

We have a neighbor like that too. She is always out walking and my fiance actually will wait until she walks well past our house before he takes out the trash/checks mail/etc. I also have plenty of coworkers that see me leaving the office in running shorts (I change at work and run before my drive home) and asking if I will be warm enough and giving serious looks of concern. Gotta love ’em.
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29 Elizabeth @ Positive Change March 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Haha that is too funny! At least you got in a great run and a great breakfast!
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30 Rebecca@Running.Food.Baby. March 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm

haha – for a minute there I thought you were going to write about neighbours who do not wear any clothes around the house and you could see everything πŸ˜‰

Oh my goodness – if it were 50 degrees here in Ottawa, everyone would be in shorts. It was like 36 degrees last weekend and I was running around with no jacket on (just a hoodies).
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31 Sara @ Fitcupcaker March 5, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Yum lemon Greek yogurt in pancakes I bet those were tasty!
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32 Aleksandra March 5, 2013 at 2:52 pm

My boyfriend’s aunts on Long Island are like that, but they keep it to themselves. They sit on the back porch at night with a glass of wine and make up stories for the people across the water from them. I told them they should turn it into a novel, because it’s surely more exciting than whatever those people are actually up to!
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33 Chelsea March 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm

I seriously cannot stop laughing. Our neighbors are the same way! They sit outside from sun up to sun down. Ours though, tell us every detail of the neighborhood. They’ll say “a green car license plate XXX-XXX drove by with a guy wearing a backwards hat drove by your house twice today”. It’s kind of nice to have built in security but hilarious the kind of things they tell us.
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34 Meagan @ Managing Meagan March 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Haha! This is hysterical! What is it about some people that just KNOW they know what’s best for us, even though they barely know US. I’m sure he meant well…. but, I’m also more than sure you are perfectly capable of making intelligent wardrobe choices. πŸ™‚
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35 Monica March 5, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Your lovely neighbor sounds a lot like my parents.. we would always have to bundle up no matter what weather. They wouldn’t even let us drink cold juice/pop because everything had to be ‘room temperature’ or they immediately thought we would be sick.
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36 Sarah March 5, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Too funny! We had an older Irish women leaving next to us who was full of “friendly” advice. She made us take down our wind chime because she didn’t like them and let us know we could borrow her lawn mower (when she thought we needed to use it)!
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37 Chrisitne March 5, 2013 at 4:31 pm

I’m seriously considering signing up for that race…the medal is so blingtastic. I WANT IT! I’m also though trying to not end up in the poorhouse or doghouse by continuing to sign up for races….hmmm. Weighing these options out.
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38 Courtney March 5, 2013 at 5:53 pm

At first when I started reading this post I thought it was going to be about a neighbor who doesn’t wear clothes!!
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39 Heather March 5, 2013 at 6:37 pm

I worked at a nursing home for about a year after graduating from college and have a huge soft spot for the elderly. I have to admit I feel kind of sorry for your neighbor. He sounds a lot like some of the residents I worked with who were just lonely and needing some social interaction. I would guess it’s less about him wanting to tell you what to wear and more about him wanting a friendly person to talk to. Unless I misread your post I truly think your neighbor has good intentions and probably loves being able to talk to you when you pass by! I think it’s also important to realize there may be an underlying medical condition causing him to ask the same questions repeatedly without remembering he’s asked them previously.

40 Cait March 5, 2013 at 9:37 pm

I agree..

41 Cait March 5, 2013 at 9:39 pm

I agree!

42 Reenie March 5, 2013 at 11:44 pm

Yup, I totally agree. I think you should take him dinner some time, or invite him over. Like I said in my previous comment, I think he’s lonely, and means well.

43 Emily March 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Oh man, reading everyone’s crazy neighbor stories is too funny! We had a landlord who lived in the apartment above us that would start screaming at his cats … at 2 in the morning! Like, top-of-the-lungs, pop-a-forehead-blood-vessel screaming. At first we were really freaked out; then we just got used to it and warned friends dogsitting for us to expect it during their stay.

Oh man, those pancakes are berrylicious! I have a mad craving for blueberries all of the sudden.

44 Heather March 5, 2013 at 7:41 pm

we have neighbors like that we call them “the old people”. They watch our house when we are gone, and when we came back form a trip recently they called b/c they ‘saw our light on” sow e must have made it home and we “must be hungry” and they insisted we come over for chicken noodle soup!
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45 Kelsey March 6, 2013 at 3:00 am

Everyone’s favorite neighbor! I can’t wait to try these pancakes, they look sooo good!
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46 Katie March 6, 2013 at 10:44 am

“slacks” bahahahaha. I have a love/hate relationship with that word. I live in a neighborhood of old people, theres a woman I see on my runs (she walks) and I’ll be wearing capris and a long sleeve (this is minnesota) while she is wear long pants, long cut, scarf, hat and mittens. I’d keep being polite to him, but get out of the habit of slowing down to talk to him.
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47 Mary March 6, 2013 at 2:03 pm

As long as the next step isn’t him knocking on your door pre-run with a bag full of clothes for you to wear! πŸ™‚
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