Whether it be a race or a daily run, inform runners and walkers immediately in front that you are approaching and about to pass— “on your left/right” is a simple cue. No one wants to be spooked while walking their dog, or while having a conversation during a casual stroll down a sidewalk, because a runner pushed them out of the way. I have been in races where other runners brushed a sweaty arm against my shoulder while pushing to get ahead. Yuck! Needless to say, give a little shout to let people know you’re passing!
The curb hopper:
Growing up in Boston, I became a habitual sidewalk to street hopper—mostly preferring to run in the road to avoid tripping on broken sidewalks. However, I always paid close attention to traffic— hopping up on the sidewalk as cars approached. I am surprised to see how many runners stay in the road (parallel to the sidewalk) as cars try to pull in and out of parking spaces. These are situations where a runner needs to hop on the sidewalk!
There have been occasions when running that I have needed to spit (I know, it’s gross). I tried to cut this habit during the early stages of Covid and I was successful for a while, but I recently caught myself doing it again as the temperature increased. Several times while running around the base track I noticed saliva lingering on the inside lane (from other runners, not me)— this is not cool!
If you find yourself needing to spit while running be sure to:
1). Move to the side
2). Check for people behind you
3). Spit in the grass
4). If running with a friend/group, give them warning that this is a habit that happens while running
What is the runner’s wave? When passing by a fellow runner, all runners will give each other a little wave! There is nothing like a little wave to build community. Furthermore, a small wave adds more joy to the run!
Be it with a running group, or during a race, when hitting a difficult section of a course, or knocking out speed work and hill repeats, give a bit of encouragement to lift runners’ spirits and encourage them to keep on keeping on—“good job,” “keep it up,” or “looking strong,” can go a long way and give fellow runners the motivation to empty the tank through the finish.
It’s great to get out there and run wild and free, but be sure to keep those around you in mind!