Monday, December 06, 2004
( 9:04 AM ) teahouse
I Did It!!
I'm a little sore today from my long run. Yes, I ran the 15K! 9.3 miles exactly.
So in the last mile, some random guy from my community orchestra (who is a nice guy, but well, he tries a little bit toooo hard) spotted me running by, and decided to jump in with me and "push" me for the last mile.
"You're doing great, THB," he said, as he ran alongside me. "Keep going, keep going."
Argh, I hate when people do that. Unsolicited "You go!" or "Yeah, yeah!" or "Keep it Up!" comments are fine from the sidelines.
But when someone is running with you, bragging that he actually finished the race 40 minutes ago but went for 2 loops around the Reservoir afterward just for fun, and then saw you struggling, and decided to "help" you by running the last mile with you again, they should SHUT UP. And realize that you're focused on trying to finish without dying, not conversing with them.
We ran in silence for a few minutes. Then he remarked, "You know, your gait is a little off. You tend to kick out your right leg slightly. Try to keep it tucked in, and you'll be a more efficient runner."
Arrggh!!! I couldn't believe this guy - he was trying to coach me during the race??
Through my clenched teeth, panting through my pain, it was all I could do not to fasten my hands around his throat and throttle him.
But THAT would have wasted energy. So I tried to speed up and outrun him.
Maybe that's his trick - he pisses people off so much that they try to outrun him, thus doing personal best times.
It's actually quite brilliant.