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I have just started running 5k's, 10k's, and HM's. I am getting to the point where I am passing more people than are passing me. What is considered courteous when passing someone you know or recognize? I do not want to appear to be bragging about passing but I don't want to be rude and ignore them. I could see where a runner would not want to speak if they are breathing hard and I am breezing by. I just want to be courteous without annoying a fellow runner. Any suggestions?
Couteous is good, how about just genuine nice. I think most runners can appreciate a genuine "looking good, keep it up" even if they're getting passed.
If you're really both competitive and honest and on similar skill level two things are usually going through both of your minds at that exact point in time. The passer should be thinking, okay, passing is good, but am I blowing my load too soon? A gut check is going to be called for and some head games must come into play...can I keep this up to the end? If you're really busting a move, you can never be quite sure. The passee...he's either thinking Ah hah, cool. Someone to follow. Always easier to pass someone at the end than stay in front of someone at the end. I've got this one just where I want him. Or, he's thinking I knew I went out too fast, and there's just the proof I didn't want to see. Now what the heck am I going to do about it?
Either way, there's no reason competitors can't be civilized and exchange friendly words of encouragement.
I always wanted to get to friendly terms with my local competitors where I/we could really throw in some good trash talking instead. Unfortunately, we've never got to that level so I just stuck to the civiliized socially acceptable stuff.
Wow. You hit the nail on the head on just about everything. Trash talk would be good but my trash talk buddies are on a couch somewhere. I think I'll just continue to be nice. Can't hurt. Some of the people I pass I wonder if they are going to blow by me before the finish line. Head games. It's part of the fun.
I personally go for something like "almost there!" if we are near the finish line and something like "keep it up" otherwise. There are actually some people who I sometimes pass and some other times get overtaken by, so I also get some insight on how I feel when they say similar things (so not too happy at being passed but truly appreciating the encouragment).
5k: 20:12 (December 31st 2012)
10k : 42:30 (March 9th 2014)
Half Marathon: 1:35:27 (February 3rd 2013)
After completing my 10th HM it's marathon time. To be totally honest now it's recovery time due to an ankle injury, THEN I'll think about the Marathon.
Haven't ran in a few months because of injuries and other excuses, but got re-motivated and focused by a very interesting documentary "Defining Moment" on an Irish ultra runner called John O'Regan,
This Irish guy is very polite to everyone he passes on the last 30km of the 2010 Spartathlon,a 246km non stop race from Athens to Sparta in Greece, he finished in 34 hours. Amazing to watch.
We usually just give a thumbs up sign...that works especially well to acknowledge fellow runners with an encouraging, respectful signal. (especially when most are wearing headphones).
If I know the person reasonably well, I'll just do a quick smile and wave, and then move on. Hopefully they will do the same for me if they pass me later in the race
@ 5K: Angels Baseball Foundation 5K, Anaheim, CA, 24:15
Friends of the Villa Park Library 5K, Villa Park, CA, 24:10
Coronado Independence Day 5K, Coronado, CA, 24:36
@ 10K: Great Race of Agoura - Old Agoura 10K, Agoura Hills, CA, 50:31
Fiesta Days Run, La Canada, CA, 50:29
LA Cancer Challenge, West Los Angeles, CA, 50:25
I usually save the talking for after the race, and I don't think anybody minds. I've had times when someone else and I are pushing each other in the race, and afterwards it's all smiles and contragulations.
It reminds me however of a story about probably the greatest female competitive cyclist ever, Beryl Burton. On the way to setting the overall 12hr time trial records (a record that would not be broken by a man for another 2 years), she passed the eventual men's winner, Mike McNamara. As she passed, she offered him a liqourice candy. Which he says he ate.
That might be considered a bit cocky.
Keep in mind that I'm not racing anyone else when I run any event. I'm only 'racing' the clock, trying to best my previous time/pace. If I happen to place, great, but 'beating everyone else' isn't a goal of mine.
I typically try to talk to the poeple that I know before the race starts, and do the courteous 'good luck, have fun'. If I happen to pass them during the run I just give them a thumbs up, I generally don't say anything to them. The exception is if it's a good friend, then there's usually a smart-a$$ comment, something to the effect of him buying beer or being old. But those types of comments come right back if/when they pass me. It's all fun.
5k - 24:26
5k Trail - 24:57
5 Mile - 39:52
10k - 51:19
10k Trail - 53:15