So, this is a post I have been mulling around in my head for a while and after last week’s triathlon I thought it was time to bring it up. I think we have all been there and maybe even wondered the same thing while in the midst of a race. Encouragement or backhanded compliment? Let me explain.
Picture this-There you are running your little heart out in the final miles of a race. You have trained hard, you are prepared and you are doing this. You glance down at your watch and see you are right on pace, right where you want to be. You know exactly how many miles you have run and exactly how many miles you have left to run. Then, it happens, some guy blows right by and shouts “looking strong”.
Really? Am I “looking strong”? You just blew right by me how strong can I be looking? A few minutes later, you are approaching the finish and it happens again. This time, a woman blows by you and reminds you “you are almost there don’t stop now”. First of all, I know I am “almost there” I do have a watch on too. Secondly, who is “giving up”?
I don’t know about you but these types of shout outs during races from other runners do not sit well with me. I feel defeated and kind of insulted. Do they need to remind me that they are faster just so they feel better? Do they really think I don’t know I am almost there? What is their motive for shouting out?
I thought maybe it was just me being over sensitive so I went to my source for all things, my MRTT running group. It appears that I am not alone here. Apparently many of my friends are also annoyed by these same backhanded compliments and also find them defeating. I’d really love to get to the bottom of this whole thing.
Please share your thoughts with me. How do you feel when another runner shouts out as they pass you? What do you think their motive might be?