Would a straight guy do this at the park?

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    Feb 29, 2012 4:02 AM GMT
    Ok so tonight I went running at Houston's most visited park. The park has a 3 mile circular trail..

    I was running shirtless with triathlon shorts (pretty gay I would say).

    5 minutes into my run, I noticed this guy who was dressed similar to me. He passed me up on the running trail and that is when my competitive nature kicked in. I don't like it when another guy passes me up, so I ran after him like a greyhound chasing the rabbit bait. It turns out that we both ran side by side each other for 2.5 miles. I noticed that when I jolted forward a bit, he kicked it up in an effort to keep up with me and vice versa.

    We kept on running side by side until we arrived at the end of the 3 mile mark, at which point the running trail simply begins over again. I was so exhausted at this point that I just slowed down to a stop. As soon as I stopped, the guy looked back at me and gave me an excited thumbs up paired with a nice smile. Then he summed me with his hand to keep on running alongside with him. I just remember saying to myself, "Damn I wish I could run more" but I just didn't have any more fuel, so I reciprocated a thumbs up.

    So do you think a straight guy would do this--run alongside another male stranger? I ask cause I am honestly unsure if he is gay..
    Has this happened to you?

    I am sure that in the future I will run into this guy again at the park, and when that happens I plan to speak to him as he is incredibly gorgeous. I dunno I guess I am a bit gullible, but I just can't stop thinking about this cat! haha
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    Feb 29, 2012 4:18 AM GMT
    Yes. Don't try to read between the lines or look for something that isn't there. From my experience, runners are friendly towards other runners. And competitive. They don't mind pacing other random runners or outrun them.

    Maybe you'll see this guy again, and maybe a conversation will develop. At that point, you should be able to figure out if he's gay or not.
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    Feb 29, 2012 9:32 AM GMT
    He's straight, I met brad jogging, we just happened to go the same way most of the time so we kept pace with each other, headphones on, after about the fifth time he introduced himself. He's married got a kid, works in finance, alright looking, little younger then me, nice guy.

    It's not that uncommon.
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    Feb 29, 2012 10:24 AM GMT
    Maybe he's European. Europeans are always overtly friendly. icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 29, 2012 12:58 PM GMT
    yourname2000 saidSomeone who pushes themselves that hard is probably a rare find (for both of you) so I'll bet he was all "gay" for that ---meaning he just really appreciated having a worthy training partner for a sec. I think you should say hello. I bet he's straight, but I also bet he'd love to have someone who's his competitive equal to run with...could turn out to be a good friend, even if you only ever meet in the park from time to time. icon_smile.gif


    Love this!!
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    Feb 29, 2012 1:25 PM GMT
    yourname2000 saidcould turn out to be a good friend, even if you only ever meet in the park from time to time. icon_smile.gif


    and that's how the aids scare in the 80s happened, meeting people in the parks.
  • citypartyboy

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    Feb 29, 2012 1:29 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidWas he wearing a ring?



    Didn't Kim Zolciak teach you? The ring doesn't mean a thing... icon_lol.gif

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    Feb 29, 2012 1:48 PM GMT
    Ahhh.... he could be bi or just a good guy...... they're out there...
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    Feb 29, 2012 2:16 PM GMT
    Yea I had a similar experience on the Norwegian Sky with a 19 y.o. who was about to go into the Marines. We encountered each other running on the boat deck and it became a ritual for the length of the cruise, each pushing the other on in friendly competition. He was friendly and outgoing but I'd be ridiculous to think he wanted anything more from me than what it was.
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    Feb 29, 2012 2:32 PM GMT
    Aggieboy saidSo do you think a straight guy would do this--run alongside another male stranger? I ask cause I am honestly unsure if he is gay.. Has this happened to you?

    I am sure that in the future I will run into this guy again at the park, and when that happens I plan to speak to him as he is incredibly gorgeous. I dunno I guess I am a bit gullible, but I just can't stop thinking about this cat! haha

    Happened to me many times, when guys just want an impromptu trainer, someone to pace with, a runner's thing. We did it a lot in the Army with perfect strangers, presumably straight, but I guess part of that comes from our running in formation a lot.

    If you do speak with him just thank him for letting you pace him, compliment his speed & endurance, a good benchmark for you, make your interest strictly about running. If you have keen gaydar his voice and other aspects may give you some answers about his orientation and interest in you.

    But if he appears straight so what, you may still have found a good running companion, to take your own abilities up a notch. Please keep us updated.
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    Feb 29, 2012 2:37 PM GMT
    seems to me just like competitiveness. Just a friendly guy probably..
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    Feb 29, 2012 2:40 PM GMT
    Sounds like a friendly, competitive straight guy. Don't spoil it!
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    Feb 29, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    This was just a case of friendly competitiveness. If anything you initiated it and he gladly accepted the challenge. I wouldn't read into it too much. Just enjoy it as is. It was fun so leave it at that. Happens to me all the time when I go running on the track.
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    Feb 29, 2012 2:54 PM GMT
    If it didn't end with fucking, I don't care.
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    Feb 29, 2012 3:02 PM GMT
    str8. just because you fancied him to be gay.
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    Feb 29, 2012 3:11 PM GMT
    it's a runners thing... some one to keep pace with does encourage a competitive edge, Just like it did with you. he kept pace cause of the same reason you sped up think of it...
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    Feb 29, 2012 3:28 PM GMT
    The_Dollarwine saidit's a runners thing... some one to keep pace with does encourage a competitive edge, Just like it did with you. he kept pace cause of the same reason you sped up think of it...


    There is a runner at the gym who always seems like he's going faster than me and my running buddy, but whenever we pass him he will start to trail/follow us.

    Also when running I feel an urge to enthusiastically encourage other runners.

    Its a runner's thing.
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    Feb 29, 2012 3:30 PM GMT
    xrichx saidYes. Don't try to read between the lines or look for something that isn't there. From my experience, runners are friendly towards other runners. And competitive. They don't mind pacing other random runners or outrun them.

    Maybe you'll see this guy again, and maybe a conversation will develop. At that point, you should be able to figure out if he's gay or not.


    I think this is really good advice.....but the only thing that makes me think your instinct is right --- that he may be gay --- is how he was dressed.
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    Feb 29, 2012 3:38 PM GMT
    Generaleclectic saidMaybe he's European. Europeans are always overtly friendly. icon_razz.gif


    Not if they know you're American. icon_neutral.gif
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    Feb 29, 2012 3:53 PM GMT
    you lost one for the gays, aggie icon_sad.gif
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    Feb 29, 2012 4:22 PM GMT
    Hey now! Not true. I give the thumbs up.

    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidDang, Aggie. A strate boi kicked yo azz awn duh runnin' trak!

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    All joking aside, I think he might be straight. I mean honestly, how many gay guys give a thumbs up? You know only straight guys do that bullshit. icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 29, 2012 4:35 PM GMT
    Create a friendship and gain a running partner. Don't worry about sex for now. He seems like a pretty nice guy who could really push your running performance.
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    Feb 29, 2012 4:43 PM GMT
    Generaleclectic saidMaybe he's European. Europeans are always overtly friendly. icon_razz.gif


    You call that "overtly friendly" ?

    I think it's just a very normal showcase of respect and sympathy for someone that practices the same sport as you. Most of the time, when I run across another runner who seems very serious about it, I will at least nod my head to her/him, do a thumbs up or even clap my hands in a "you can do it" way.

    When other runners do that to me, it just makes me smile and run harder, getting me to think I'm not the only one and I'm proud of being able to say "I sprinted through 15 miles this week". So if I have the chance to make another runner feel the same, I will.

    ... Especially if he's gorgeous icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 29, 2012 4:46 PM GMT
    To the OP: fun story, and it's always cool when things like this happen. But others are probably quite correct in their assessment.

    It's all fun and games 'til somebody gets a handjob. icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 29, 2012 4:46 PM GMT
    What park?????

    Memorial??