I’m glad you enjoyed my 13.1 thoughts from 13.1 miles on Monday. I might have to do that more often. Although, I don’t know if you really want to know what goes through my head during every single race. A lot of it should not be published.
I’m not done thinking just yet.
During the race on Sunday, I had a few runners pass by me at different points in the course. As they did, they said something to the effect of –
Nice job. Keep going. Almost there. Looking good.
To some that would seem like words of encouragement, a motivator.
To me, it did not.
Don’t encourage me as you pass me by effortlessly.
I knew it was the nice way of saying “I just passed you and you are slower than me.”
I’ve never liked when other runners hand out those comments during races. It feels like a slap in the face. I’m sure 99% of the people don’t intend for it to be anything but nice. During my first few races, I thought I was being overly sensitive.
Was it part of the runner’s code and I was breaking the rules?
Maybe I needed to try it out for myself on other runners?
So I casually threw out a “Keep up the good work” as I passed a woman at my next race.
She said nothing but I felt like a complete and utter jerk face.
I’ve never done it again and don’t plan on doing it anytime soon.
I’d rather save my words of praise for the runner who unknowingly was my pacer. Someone who gave me the push to finish strong and run hard towards the finish.
Of course, I’d wait till after we crossed the finish line to tell them.
There is one form of encouragement that I WILL always accept – cheers from the spectators.
If you come to watch a race, don’t just stand there on the side of the road and smoke a cigarette (that always kills me).
If you yell any of the above statements at me as I run by (in agony or effortlessly gliding), you will give me an extra push in my stride towards the finish line. As you stand there, you should shout loudly, clap, give a WOOOHOOO, clang your cowbell and fire up the runners.
Now that’s encouragement to me.
What do you think –
Should you offer encouragement to another runner as you pass them?
Do you like it?