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She was training for a marathon; he stopped her to suggest a new bra

Michelle Kirk took this photo after a man stopped her to say she needed a better sports bra. The photo has since gotten thousands of likes and hundreds of comments.
Michelle Kirk took this photo after a man stopped her to say she needed a better sports bra. The photo has since gotten thousands of likes and hundreds of comments.

Michelle Kirk runs through her Pine Island Ridge neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale four times a week.

Since she won the lottery to participate in this year’s New York City Marathon in February, the 30-year-old Long Island native has followed a strict training schedule.

But on Monday, she was stopped in the middle of her run — by a man telling her to get a new sports bra.

“He was like ‘your boobs are sagging,’ and then he tried to explain the health aspect of it,” Kirk said. “He was like, ‘They’re already heading south. I don’t think you want that.’ 

He was like ‘your boobs are sagging,’ and then he tried to explain the health aspect of it

Michelle Kirk, Marathon runner

Now a photo showing her flipping the bird along with a message Kirk posted on Facebook after the encounter has gone viral, with thousands of likes and hundreds of comments.

“You are the reason why women have insecurities,” Kirk wrote in the Facebook post, which is addressed to the “nasty old man” who stopped her. “If you don't like the way my boobs 'sag' when I run, then don't look! I will NEVER stop doing what I love and I love myself way to (sic) much to have your hate bring me down!”

Kirk said she would have reacted more strongly in person, but she didn’t want to get angry in front of her 18-month-old daughter, who was in a stroller with her.

I can’t stand other people trying to bring other people down

Michelle Kirk, Marathon runner

“I can’t stand other people trying to bring other people down,” Kirk said. She thought he had blocked her path with his seated bicycle to say hello, not comment on her bra.

Instead, she told him that all of her non-sagging sports bras were in the washer, so she picked this bra instead of no bra. She then ran home, and took to Facebook, sharing the photo both on her personal page and in A Year of Running, a Facebook group for runners.

“I had to speak my mind,” she said. “I had to tell someone, and I told Facebook.”

Kirk said she’s been amazed by the response online, from the support and messages to the sports bra recommendations from strangers. (She’s happy with her Freya activewear bra from Nordstrom.)

She hopes the photo eventually reaches the man, whom she’s never seen before on her runs.

“I don’t want him going around ruining people’s days,” Kirk said. “Maybe this will teach him his lesson.”

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