Are you one of those runners who enjoy talking while racing? Well, good for you. I can’t. As simple as that. That doesn’t mean I didn’t want to talk to you. I do! But not during race time. I believe some runners are quiet, others chatty. I am more of the former.
Whooah! Hold on! Before you say something about this let me first tell you my story. As a runner I want to hear the sounds around me. I want to be aware of my surrounding. I want to listen. To be more focused of what’s ahead of me.
If I get to see familiar faces on their way back I try to do a high five, say a few words like “Go, go, go!” and sometimes shout. But I can never engage myself in a conversation while running. Well except when doing a long run. I did try once … twice. But no, I really can’t. I need to concentrate. If I can’t concentrate I don’t think I can finish.
As a runner, there are many thoughts going on in my mind. Some are good. Some are dilemmas. I don’t know about you.
One Sunday, while doing a long slow distance with Maui, a fellow Happy Feet, I allowed her to talk to me. I allowed her to engage me in a conversation. But guess what? All I could say was “yeah” “uhms” “ah”. After the LSD, if Maui asked me to recap the whole thing, I can’t. Because I did not listen! Remember … this happened during a long run. How much more if during a race?
I didn’t intend to be a snob. One time, in the recently held Milo Marathon race, I had to say to a fellow runner, a friend of mine, rather bluntly, “don’t talk to me!” Well, that was really bad. My apologies my friend. But please don’t take that against me. I’m no talker when racing.
I once read from a leading running magazine that if you still have that energy to talk while racing, it means you are not doing much effort with your running. Now, if you are eavesdropping to what runners either ahead of you or behind you are talking you are not racing my dear.
I really, really appreciate you calling my name and saying words of encouragement. I really do. If we get to see each other, do chat with me over a postrun drink. What do you think?
Now, am throwing the ball at you. Is talking during a race rude? Is engaging a fellow runner in a conversation during a race rude? Let me know what you think. Because I wonder …