The kindness of runners
July 26, 2012
Runners like to help you
And during those heady days, when I first started out as a runner and I participated a few times with a local runner's group, they were very kind, offering me lots of good advice. I felt welcome and appreciated.
Promoting the kindness of runners
As a runner myself, I do my best to promote our friendly reputation. For example, when someone asks me for directions I pull out my earphones and explain it to them in a patient en friendly manner. And when other runners greet me, I make sure to greet them in return.
But a few days ago I stumbled on a messageboard for runners, and I was kind of shocked. These were no friendly runners! They were angry with each other, and when someone asked a question the answers were downright rude, saying things like: 'What a stupid question!'. Or how about this one: 'I hope you'll never run into me, because I don't like stupid idiots like you, John!'
I won't be asking any questions on this messageboard, let me tell you.
Nevertheless, I think this messageboard does not represent runners in general. I'm going to stick to my idea of the kindness of runners!
What's your experience with other runners? Are they friendly or not?
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