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Discussion: b or c

in: bill_l; bill_l > 2018-03-16

Mar 19, 2018 1:13 PM # 
i would pick either b or c, and it's nice of you to ask. i would get nervous, any time of day, w someone matching my pace behind me.

however, the person in front also has a choice to do either of those options. if it was me in front, i would probably stop and stretch just to see what's going on.
Mar 19, 2018 2:32 PM # 
This is a dilemma. Recently, for longer runs, I would usually attempt c, even if I don't want to be going faster. My pace doesn't usually change much so unless the other runner chooses to pick it up, we probably will only cross paths once. I also make as wide a pass as I can so I am a visible as possible.
Mar 19, 2018 5:38 PM # 
I hate stopping, so I would probably choose C, or if opportunity presented, do a short loop or out-and-back on any side trail or grassy area. If I knew there was such an opportunity coming soon, I might choose an option D of reducing speed to let the other person gradually pull away, until I could reach the turn-off and add enough extra distance.
Mar 19, 2018 7:07 PM # 
matzah ball:
forest park, i prob would not bother w anything, as populated as it generally is. isolated area, as commented above, but need to remember to say on your left from a good distance away. I have scared the wits out of many a runner or hiker forgetting to do that.
Mar 20, 2018 12:40 AM # 
Thanks for the input.

Same situation came up again yesterday on Grants trail. Woman passed me right at my turn around and was going same pace. Legs felt ok so I sped up a bit and went on by.

For the original situation, if my legs had been feeling better i would have done the same thing.

Route modification is a good thought. At that location there weren't any good alternates except the other direction, which would be ok. Path is between road and golf course for about a mile. Although, at 645am there weren't any golfers out. Could have done a short little loop around some tee boxes.
Mar 20, 2018 12:06 PM # 
Another advantage of running the powerlines, I guess. I never find myself running behind someone ;) Grants Trail and FP are two very dangerous trails for lone female runners; I would definitely give them some room.
Mar 20, 2018 6:54 PM # 
It would make me uncomfortable if I was running alone and someone stayed my pace running relatively closely behind me. I think b or c are ok answers, but it would probably make me happier if they were in front of me than further behind me.
Mar 21, 2018 4:08 AM # 
Hey, I'll jump in here. Just trying to keep your log noisy! :) I think it is very kind of you to be sensitive to this situation. B would be my top choice, but C is a decent 2nd choice if you give a friendly sounding audible and a wide berth.

With that said, I would never, ever let anyone run behind me like that for more than 15 seconds tops. I always strive to remain uber-aware of surroundings and if I had been that gal, I would have changed my route immediately or faked a shoe issue of some sort (stepping well off the trail) depending on the exact location. I have done both of those things before.
Mar 21, 2018 1:53 PM # 
O Joy:
I am definitely much more comfortable seeing people in front of me rather than having them behind me. I would have appreciated it if you had sped up and passed me.

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