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Everything in life has a set of etiquette rules and running is no exception. But when you usually run alone, the rules can be a bit obscure. Here, thanks to Reddits r / running, are some of those “unwritten rules” that you may not know until you break them.
When and how to overtake someone
Whether you’re in a race or just running in a busy park, it’s pretty common for you to approach someone who is running a little slower than you.
“Don’t run two or three steps behind someone you just happened to run for more than a few seconds,” says Double-You-Dot. If you pass it, make that decision and actually pass it.
On the flip side, if they’re running faster than you and you are using them as motivation (that old “pretend there’s an invisible rope and they’ll pull you forward”) hold back and do so from a respectful distance.
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When should you blow a snot rocket?
“Fall back or pull the side of a group before you spit or spit rocket,” advises Renago47. Don’t just start spitting body fluids in the middle of the pack.
Know which side of the street to walk on
If you are on a street with no sidewalks, go left (in the US) so you face the traffic. This means you can see the cars coming your way instead of them sneaking up on you from behind. The exception is that you can switch to the other side when she has better visibility in a blind turn. Safety first.
“I think this could be a written rule,” says texas1hunter, pointing out that it is often the law. Bicycles, however should drive on the right side of the road because they are considered vehicular traffic.
Know how much to share with non-running friends (which is often very little)
The only thing worse than listening to a piece from another long weekend is listening to someone recount their nonsensical dream about last night.
“Realize that for non-runners your run doesn’t matter,” says Dolphintrout. LewdDudeNoob adds, “If a non-runner asks how a race went, make them ask more questions. Your eyes glaze over when you reveal too much information. “
Do not reveal your split times or body parts unless the person you are speaking to specifically asks. (If so, you are likely runner yourself.) The best answer to “How was your run?” Is all you can put in a sentence. Then stop.
When to make room
If you run with a group, you still have to share the road. Leave enough space for other runners or walkers to pass you, even if it means walking on the sidewalk one at a time.
“Watch out for sparks,” says gleenglass. “[Y]You don’t want to be the idiots who get a skateboarder to pay a hard deposit because you chose not to read the signs before you get on the bike / blade / board path to go at 5. ”
Why you should be making noise
Announce when you are helping someone off their feet (especially anyone who is walking or standing still – you’re approaching faster than you might think). “I’ve had so many people behind me and I’m scared to death,” says TalkToPlantsNotCops. You like to yell “Left!” But another Redditor notes that often people are not sure if you should be on the left or if they should drag to the left. (My solution is to say something like “Hello” or “Good morning,” which still scares people, but not that much.)
If you’re too shy for that, mickja1 has another suggestion: “I’ll drag my shoe on the floor when I’m 15-20 ‘behind you so you can hear me coming.”
When should you wear the racing shirt?
“It’s bad luck to wear the race shirt during the race,” says runwithlibrarians. The shirt should be a souvenir when you’re done. The exception is that if you’ve run the race before, it’s always cool to wear last year’s jersey, or you can always wear a shirt from another race.
Where can you run on the track
“Stay out of lane one unless you’re doing fast work,” says JPMmiles. This is another one that is often written; Check on your local circuit for a rules sign.
“Lane one” is the innermost lane of the track, and the fastest people should be there. You can jump onto lane one to overtake someone or to save some distance when turning, but don’t hang out for entire laps unless you’re going so fast that you really don’t expect someone to overtake you.
When to wave to other runners
This will likely vary from place to place, but we have some opinions on when and if other runners should be recognized.
“That is a prerequisite,” says bigherb33 of the so-called “Runner’s Wave”. The answers make it clear that the wave can be a briefly raised hand or a simple nod and smile. The exceptions, Adrianmonk say, are at races or on a path or road so crowded that you’d just keep waving.
And what if someone waves to you? “At least take it back, you bloody monsters,” says do_NOT_pm_ur_titties (an etiquette expert, clearly). When someone smiles or waves, you should respond somewhat politely.