The Tug of War Between Feeling Guilty, and Justified

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    May 09, 2009 3:30 AM GMT
    This probably seems trivial but it's been bugging me all night.

    So I did a 5k tonight. An evening event that attracts over 1000 people annually. The starts are typically a disaster because people don't line up appropriately so I was well prepared to be dodge the person who started way outta position.

    Anywayz, I got boxed in behind this woman about 100m in, we come upon a trash can, and the woman starts running a bit erratically, and then decides to come to a complete stop in front of us to throw whatever it was she was holding away. It completely scared the crap out of me, and I called out to our savior rather loudly. In all honesty I couldn't tell you if I threw an F bomb in there or not my reaction was so knee jerk. If you're running at 10mph you cannot stop on a dime without warning, and for a split second I pictured a bunch of runners in a dog pile on this skinny little woman.

    Anywho, I feel guilty about yelling like that, and I actually looked for her to apologize, and to let her know it was because she'd scared the crap out of me. However, another part of me feels justified, and hopes I scared her s***less so she doesn't do it again. It's extremely dangerous to stop in front of a pack of people who have good momentum going. I really wish race officials would educate people that if they're going to start toward the front, they need to be ready to move.

    What do yall think? It's not like I called her any names, but I do try to be respectful of those around me. I'm really probably overthinking this. My last mile sucked, so that's my punishment I guess haha.
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    May 09, 2009 3:56 AM GMT
    eh I wouldn't give it to much of a second thought..

    now, if you are in a shopping center and you tell a women off to her face.. well.. thats entirely a different thing.. you could have some guilt there.. but, since she was standing in the middle of the isle doing nothing but looking stupid you'd be totally justified in doing it..

    Assuming you actually did of course, which you didn't, I'm just using the story as reference..
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    May 09, 2009 4:50 AM GMT
    The same thing sort of happened to me when I rode one year in the 24 hours of Booty bike race. I didn't crash, but I did hop up the bike over a few of the crashed bikes and the guy who stopped was in front of me. I had a few choice words with him and that was the end of it. Later, I felt bad because it's not in my character to do so. However, while my choice of words could have been different, I was told by a crash victim that he was glad someone had spoken for them since they couldn't.

    So I say, No Worries.
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    May 09, 2009 4:52 AM GMT
    Boy, you really are feeling guilty! stop worrying about it.
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    May 09, 2009 5:05 AM GMT
    I think I would have been less abrasive. But nothing to feel guilty about. Really, some people just don't have common sense, or they don't know the unwritten rules.

    Lesson learned for both you and her. icon_lol.gif
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    May 09, 2009 6:14 AM GMT
    Hardly something to worry about. I have heard much worse on the half-marathon/marathon course. After all, we can't forget, it is a race.
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    May 09, 2009 6:20 AM GMT
    "I'm really probably overthinking this."
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    You are correct. I thought you were going to say that you mowed her down or shoved her into the trash can.
    Some people don't take a run as seriously as they should.
    And, some people are just dense.
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    May 09, 2009 6:31 AM GMT
    Yea you're all right. I just panicked, and didn't really think about what I was saying. The race actually had about 1700 people in it. That could've been an ugly chain reaction. Really the important thing is no one got hurt. If I by chance I recognize her at a future event (don't think I could), I'll do what I feel is the right thing and apologize for my choice of words. There's really nothing I can do about it now.

    I have to kind of laugh at this even though it's not really funny.

    ErikTaureanThe same thing sort of happened to me when I rode one year in the 24 hours of Booty bike race. I didn't crash, but I did hop up the bike over a few of the crashed bikes and the guy who stopped was in front of me. I had a few choice words with him and that was the end of it. Later, I felt bad because it's not in my character to do so. However, while my choice of words could have been different, I was told by a crash victim that he was glad someone had spoken for them since they couldn't.


    It must be a Charlotte thing.icon_rolleyes.gif People run and bike like they drive. Erratic and clueless.
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    May 09, 2009 1:55 PM GMT
    I wouldn't worry about it at all. Same thing happened to me at a marathon last weekend. The guy behind me plowed into me while the woman in front just kept on going without batting an eyelash.