After running several races I’ve noticed that there are definitely some stereotypical runners that you meet along the way. This is by no means a complete list, but just a few that I encountered while at Ottawa Race Weekend for the half marathon:
[dropcap2]1[/dropcap2]The Self Promoter
This guy has to share his stats throughout the race. It was pretty funny running with a guy this past weekend for a couple of kilometers that felt the need to let us all know just what he was accomplishing. “This is the farthest I’ve run this year” came along at about 15k. “I like to keep a steady pace” was a bit earlier than that. The former became evident nearer the end of the race, when he began to run out of steam, which made the latter false.
[dropcap2]2[/dropcap2]The Self Talker
I think I can be this guy sometimes, without knowing it. There was one person who kept saying, “You can do this, just push it, stop being a whiner.” In another context he might seem like a nut job, but out on the course he’s just another runner.
I usually run alone, and while encouragement is nice, I usually tune it out when it’s from a runner that I’m pacing with for any given time. This person likes to shout out current pace, share anecdotal stories, and give a rousing, “You’ve totally got this!” every once in a while.
We couldn’t have been more than 3k into the race when I thought the lady to my left was going to keel over. For the next several kilometers I heard her wheezing, coughing, breathing heavily. I kept thinking she was going to be done, but she kept going. Could that just be the way she breathes? Crazy.
I came up on him at around 8k, and was with him for more than 5k after that. I’m sure I pushed his pace, because every time I would try to pass him, he’d speed up just enough so that I couldn’t. I tried the best I could to just keep pace, but it threw me off just a bit. He’d speed up, pull ahead, and then slow down, only to speed up again when he saw that I was pulling beside. Eventually he relented (on a hill), and I was able to get by him, but I was getting tired just thinking about constantly pushing my pace.
[dropcap2]6[/dropcap2]The Wannabe Bunny
Running right beside the pace bunny and chatting away, this young lady waved at people every time they cheered – for the bunny. Kids would wave and say things like, “There goes a bunny, mommy!” and this girl would nod and wave. With all of her talking and waving it wasn’t long before she had to break pace and fell behind. Or maybe she just met up with someone who was providing her with her own set of bunny ears…
More to come in the future!