How best to encourage fellow runners

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26/02/2013 at 21:08
I do most of my short runs in some woods where there are a few runners and a lot of dog walkers. The dog walkers are mostly very sweet but my utter fave is the woman who always says "gosh you're SO fast!".

I am really very very slow, but bless her.

On my first ever 10k race when I was nearly dead there were a bunch of kids (maybe aged 8-12) outside their house, SCREAMING at us as we went past, things like "you are all so cool!" "Even walking is winning!" "Your mum is proud of you!" "You are such a superstar!" "Keep going, you look GREAT!".

Ever since then every time I have run a race which is suggested to have "great crowd support" I have been disappointed. Nothing has ever matched up to that.
26/02/2013 at 21:10
I see quite a few people who are clearly doing C25K, and I often want to stop and chat to them and tell them that's how I started and how they'll come to love it. But then I think that might be a bit creepy or patronising so I stick with a smile and nod.
26/02/2013 at 21:15

I will nod briefly to give a passing hello to other runners. Unless they're wearing headphones, in which case I assume they're in their own world and just ignore them.

I expect nothing more than the same in return and I'm not bothered if I don't get that. I certainly don't need any support or encouragement. My running time is selfish me time and the less interaction I have with others, the better.

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