I was the victim of a spit and run

Happy Monday! I hope that your weekend was as relaxing as mine was and I hope you had a beautiful Mother’s day as well.

lazy dog

          So you just wanna lay around all day? Okay, I’m in.

We found out that the mourning doves had 2 babies. We actually video taped them a few times and hopefully I’ll be able to channel my inner Steven Spielberg and put together one really cool video by the time they are ready to leave the nest.  You probably shouldn’t count on it though….

They really are the cutest things ever and you won’t believe how much they grow every single day, it’s the most amazing thing to watch.

I was having a few little, ahem, stomach issues last week, nothing too bad, and so Saturday morning I went out for a 5 mile run because sometimes that helps.  It’s a good release.

farting while running

See what I did there?

When I’m not feeling 100% or I know that I may have to cut my run short, I run in the neighborhood, very close to the house. I know almost everyone I see on the route.  It’s a circle that I repeat several times so I’m never too far from home, and although I rarely encounter any other runners, it’s still a nice route.

running circles

Okay, my circles are a bit bigger than this but hey, now I know where crop circles came from.

On Saturday I headed off and was feeling pretty good.  Sometime around a mile and a half  I came up behind another girl who was also running.  I was pretty stoked to see someone else in the neighborhood, after all I am the one who convinced 8 of my neighbors to run a 5K with me so I was really hoping that maybe she’d run a bit with me and I’d make a new running buddy.

As I came up behind the girl I realized she was running quite a bit slower than my pace so after a few minutes, I decided that I should probably just go around her.  If she looked over at me, I’d say hi and slow down to talk.

running buddy

It’s always fun to meet new running buddies…especially if they wear different shoes.

Since we were running on the sidewalk there wasn’t a lot of room and I didn’t want to scare her so I yelled out, “excuse me.” She didn’t hear me.  I repeated it again but when she still didn’t look behind, I figured she had headphones on or was listening to music or something and I decided just  to go ahead and pass her.

As I was approaching her left side is when it happened, the worst thing ever. I was thinking she would look over and maybe we’d speak or she’d nod or something but at the very least, I’d meet another runner in the neighborhood.

Instead she turned her head to the side………….and then she spit.  Flying Spit!  And guess where it landed?  Right on my neck.  EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!  And guess what happened next?  Yeah, she just went right on running as if nothing happened.

spit and run

I ran beside her, and then I passed her, and I looked right at her thinking she would realize she just spit on me and at least say something, because I know she knew what she did. I know she did but I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt.

She didn’t say anything. No, instead she shot me a look of disdain as if I had done something to her. That took me by surprise because I thought maybe she was embarrassed and that she would apologize, but then I realized she was just irritated that I had passed her and she wasn’t even wearing headphones!  So when I said excuse me, she most likely KNEW I was behind her!  UGH!

That’s when I realized I had become a victim of a serious, Spit and Run!

About a mile and a half later, I passed her once again.  I looked over again and this time she actually rolled her eyes at me. Rolled. Her. Eyes. Seriously.  That was it.  And if you know me, you know that it takes a lot to piss me off.  I am one of the most peaceful, non confrontational people you will ever meet, but even I have my limits.

I'm done.

I slowed down until she was within only a few feet of me. But I didn’t spit, I would never do that.  Instead, I decided to release all that gas and alleviate the pain in my stomach.  If she wasn’t going to apologize for spitting on me, I certainly wasn’t going to be considerate of her!

And so I farted, not once, not twice, but six times.  I’m sure the air behind me was in no way what you would consider ‘quality’ and there was no way in hell I was letting her pass me.

Taste the rainbow honey!

check mate bitchI can safely say that is the angriest I have ever been at another runner but I hope it never happens again.  There is no reason to be so inconsiderate, really, there isn’t.

What’s the worst thing someone has done to you while out running?
Has anyone ever spit on you?

Race Etiquette, unless you don’t want any friends…

This morning I ran a very easy 4 miles around the neighborhood. That makes a total of 6 for the week. They felt like 60. Sometimes, it’s a little overwhelming after taking a few days off and especially if it’s due to illness but you just have to press on and not beat yourself up and that’s what I’m doing. I’ve got a 15k coming up in a few weeks and then several halves and maybe a full within just a few weeks of each other. I need to be sure that I’m healthy so that I don’t have to pull out of any of them. It’s just going to take me a little time to get back to where I was…

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I was thinking about the races I have coming up when I was running this morning and instantly I started to think about runners’ etiquette. It’s amazing how after years of running, I can still remember races or instances during races where someone has failed to follow the rules, unspoken or not.

Whether you’re new to racing or you’ve run 100 races these are some of the things you should be aware of…unless you want other runners to hate you and in that case, don’t bother.

At the start of a race, if there are corrals or pacers with clearly marked signs, such as 7 min., 8 min., 9 min., etc. be sure to line up in the appropriate area. If you’ve never run a 7 minute mile, don’t line up in 7 minute coral. In my last 5K, I lined up in between the 8 and 9 minute mile pacers because my average pace in the 5K is 8 and a half minutes and I still had to pass around 200 people.

Please listen carefully to the announcements before the race. If not, you may miss something very important, like where you’re supposed to turn around; and most runners don’t like to talk during races and get a little annoyed if you’re asking them questions you should know the answer to, if only you’d listened.

If you slow down or start walking, mover over to the right so that those people behind you can pass. If you stop, by all means move to the side. During another 5K that I ran a few years ago, several runners, including myself, came flying around a corner and tumbled over a woman who had stopped in the middle of the course to tie her shoe.

If you’re running with a group, please don’t crowd the course by running side by side. Two people side by side is generally okay but when you have 5 or 6 people running side by side on a smaller course, it can cause some problems.

When you stop for water, ease up to the water stop gradually, carefully take your drink and continue on. And this is the most important thing, after you finish your drink, throw it in the garbage or carefully drop it to the side of the road. Please don’t throw it behind you especially without looking, you might hit someone. And speaking of water, if you start the race with a water bottle in your hand and you finish it, don’t throw it down in front of other runners, you could very easily trip them. Carefully throw it to the side of the road preferably at or near a water stop.

If you’re wearing throw away clothes, make sure you throw them to the side as well. Just remember to look behind you. I can assure you that the other runners do not want to be pelted with your cups or clothes.

When you cross the finish line, keep moving, there are still other runners behind you and they need to cross as well.

Be mindful of all those who haven’t finished yet and may be starving. It’s an after race meal and not usually an all you can eat buffet. It’s also not polite to bring your family and friends food when there are still hungry runners waiting to eat.

Rude Runners

Lastly, please remember that most of the people working at these events are volunteers and they deserve to be treated with kindness at the very least.

And lastly, when you’re putting together your race calendar for the year, consider volunteering for just one race. Not only will it give you a chance to see the race from a different perspective but you’ll be able to cheer for other runners as well.

Did I miss anything? If I did, feel free to add it in the comments?