Why are fast runners so miserable?

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04/11/2009 at 14:49

I did a 10km race on Sunday and not being a particularly fast runner was lapped by the leader who was about to win as I was finishing my first lap.  Even though I knew I still had 2 miles to go and could have felt very fed up, as he flew past I gave him a little clap and said "well done" whilst i kept plodding on.  I got no response whatsoever, not even a little nod. 

I repeated the same for the 2nd and 3rd place people and it was only when 4th place passed me he said "thanks".  Now I appreciate that these are what I would class as serious runners but it really seems to me that the faster you are, the more miserable (or serious) you become.  I go out to run (or plod) in all weathers and really enjoy it.  I know I will never be one of the fast ones but frankly if you lose all sense of decency or respect for others, then I don't want to.

Sorry just felt like getting that off my chest.  Grrrrrrrr!

04/11/2009 at 14:53
I think fast runners love being fast. They a serious bunch. Even too fast to smile.
Just be grateful you can run and smile at the same time.
04/11/2009 at 14:53
I don't think it means they are necessarily miserable, just giving 100% to win the race/get a PB/get a place. I have been in races where I've been lapped and done the same, but wouldn't expect a response though I am sure they appreciated it
04/11/2009 at 14:53

If you had 2 miles to go they were much closer to the finish.  I'd imagine they were eyeballs popping out and absolutely knackered.  You know, as if they were close to the finish of the race.

Actually it's pretty unfair for you to complain and expect a reply given the timing of your encouragement.  I'm sure they appreciated it - did you expect them to stop and shake your hand?

Approach them after the race and if you get the same reaction then you might have a point.  Quite frankly your complaint as it stands is ridiculous.

Edited: 04/11/2009 at 14:54
04/11/2009 at 14:55

I marshalled at a couple of races this year won by the same guy, who when I pointed out the way to the finish, smiled and said thanks both times.  Which was nice.

I know what you mean tho' Yaffles, some speedies are faaaaaaaaaar too dour and serious.

04/11/2009 at 14:55
Its probably a little something called, "being focused"
04/11/2009 at 14:56

I aint no whippet and in my only race I couldnt muster a smile until I stopped tbh. It is effort related I guess.

miserable gets that are on an easy training run who dont smile get my goat. Last one for me  was our MP Timpson -miserable sod.

Edited: 04/11/2009 at 14:59
04/11/2009 at 14:58
Or being a twazzock. Some serious runners really have had a sense of humour bypass too
04/11/2009 at 14:58

Are you a fast runner by any chance Moraghan???

They were probably too focussed on what they were doing etc to acknowledge you Yaffles, dont take it personally.  I'm one of the happy little plodders at the back and will happily have a wee chat with another little plodder whilst running along, but then I'm not there to set the world alight with my speed or anything... 

04/11/2009 at 15:03
Cazsoul - not particularly but I am familiar with the feeling of being unable to communicate at the end of a race!
04/11/2009 at 15:06
In some of the races I have been in the leaders will have passed hundreds of people all I am sure urging them on, it's not realistic to expect them to respond to everyone, they need their breath to race! I was lapped at mile 12 of my marathon recently, the leader was at mile 21 he made it look very easy...
04/11/2009 at 15:13
when im really pushing it i don't even see other runners or marshalls, just the next step in front!
04/11/2009 at 15:55
Yep, agree with what has been said. Sometimes you are so focussed on running that external elements can be blocked out – and this can be applied to "serious" runners and "fun" runners. I was recently pushing a 10k finish and was apparently so focussed that I failed to hear my two-and-a-half-year-old boy screaming "That's my Daddy!!"
meface    pirate
04/11/2009 at 15:59
Actually I'm near the back and I am miserable - it's because not enough pretty girls talk to me.
04/11/2009 at 16:19
I'm really shit slow and seriously miserable in most races.  People have gone through extreme lengths to make me crack a smile. 
04/11/2009 at 16:20

Don't think it's anything to do with fast/slow, just basic manners/personality.

I've seen rude slow runners too and I've seen polite, encouraging and great fast runners.  I did a race a while ago and the winner waited at the finish until pretty much everyone had come in, congratulating each runner as he/she passed the line.

OK, it was a local race, but even so.

I'm nowhere near a fast runner, but if I was pushing myself  as B says, for whatever reason, I wouldn't want to stop (nor would I) for someone congratulating me, those few seconds can be make or break.

04/11/2009 at 16:21

Daz - that's simply unforgivable!

04/11/2009 at 16:21

i was pretty miserable in my last race (half m) I was feeling awful and really annoyed as it became obvious i wasn't gonna smash my PB (slow about 2.15) there were loads of kids along the route holding out those big foam hand for people to slap as they passed and it became harder and harder to summon the energy to do so. Am sure some of them thought I was a miserable bleeder too...

Sometime there seems to be a perception on here that fast runners find it easy and are efffortlessly gliding to the finish when they probably push a heck of a lot harder than I do....hmm maybe the forth guy could have won if he'd tried harder and not said thanks! 

04/11/2009 at 16:35
I'm always cheery

Seriously, I reckon it's just cause they're focussed on the race itself. There's a fantastic post-race picture of me at a 10k a while back, and I don't have a clue what was going on.
Edited: 04/11/2009 at 16:35
04/11/2009 at 17:22

How about you stop trying to find fault in runners who put alot of time and effort into being where they are and find the faults in your training which is stopping you being up there with them!

Sounds like a more constructive use of time...

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