Monday, August 22, 2011

Track Etiquette (or lack thereof)

Okay y'all.

I need your opinion.

Today I was at the track, running. There were several people walking, which I think is great. I'm happy that you've taken time to take care of yourself and walk with your friends for 2 miles in 1 hour. (No I'm just kidding. I of all people have to right to give people any trouble for being slow)..

But, can you follow the rules and just not take up all THREE lanes?

Here is the sign you see as you walk into our track area:

Seems pretty simple to me. If you're on the outside lane, you should be running. If you are walking, which is great- please, walk all you want- you should be on the inside 2 lanes. I mean, you get 2 whole lanes....

Just in case the first sign isn't clear, there's this one:

This last sign is placed actually right on the outside lane. Like, if you were walking there, and saw that sign, you might think, "Oops, I better go into another lane..."

I don't know. What do you guys think?

I can't wait until it's 70 degrees again and I can run outside...


BabyWilt said...

I think you should give them an additional heads up and as you approach yell "coming up to pass on your left/right" (I don't know which way peeps go around tracks) or even better "runner coming to pass in the RUNNERS ONLY lane" .... depends how brave you are? :-)

Carrie said...

I'm horrible at confrontation. I think hollering at them every time you pass might help (at least it'll help get out some frustration).

Kasondra said...

I agree. Announce yourself. After you lap them a few times they'll get sick of hearing you and move!

Ross said...

How is your training going? I'm sorry it's been a while since I dropped by. I've been so busy with my site I haven't had much reading time.

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

UUURGH. I know exactly what you mean! I had that happen to me the other day, but it was outside on the running path. Three girls came running the opposite way. I was running towards them, as far over to my right as I could be and then didn't even move to get out of the way. I had to practically run on the grass to get out of their way. WTH! I mean, the obviously saw me heading towards them. I don't get it. People are rude.

You should just say "Excuse me" very politely but loudly each time you lap them. If you need to do a hip check once or twice, that's okay too.