a little respect, please?

ya know, i never claim to be perfect, but i think i follow decent etiquette when running in the park. stay in the rec lane, keep to the right and let faster people pass on the left, share the road and all that jazz…after all, the Flyers are very respected in the running community-leading by example or something like that.

and as i’ve bitched before, Tuesday nights are a very crowded night in the park when doing speedwork. and now, i found that it’s even too crowded when just doing a normal training run. i was doing 4 miles, the middle 4 loop clockwise (wanted to get across the 102nd street transverse before it started getting darker)…yeah, i know it’s against the flow of traffic, but i wasn’t the only one running in that direction. by then, the cars were out of the park and i was keeping to the right, keeping a watchful eye of those running in the opposite direction. so i’m running on the east drive, and was probably just north of the reservoir when i felt a big group of people (some in highlighter-esque singlets-now you know who i’m talking about) coming up behind me, practically running on my ass. i hated the feeling of being tailgated by a large group and wondered why they just didn’t go around me-oh no, they own the road i guess. soon enough i’d just f*cking had it and stepped off the road to let them have their f*cking way and pass me. and if that wasn’t enough, as i approached Cat Hill, other huge groups of runners in highlighter singlets were taking up the entire damn road yet again, forcing me out of the rec lane (and having a couple close calls with cyclists in the process.)

you know, i try and show other runners-whatever team they run for, or if they’re “unattached”-a little respect on the road-is it too much to f*cking ask to receive some in return? i originally didn’t think so, but i guess it is.

(man, did that run get me steamed up. good thing i censored myself in this post.)

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12 thoughts on “a little respect, please?

  1. censoring is unnecessary! i feel the same way about those stupid singlet peeps. There’s just too many of them!!!!!!!!! (Mostly because of the upcoming marathon if you know what i mean…..) They seem to be in the park almost friggin’ day!

  2. i know which ones you’re referring to, but those are not the ones i’m talking about…i’m talking about the original highlighter singlet peeps, if you know what i mean 😉

  3. i think i know who you mean;) it is frustrating…especially if you’re trying to mindful while the others try to “own” the park. i while running yesterday, i definitely noticed how crowded tuesday nights are…eek!now work on being perfect:-p

  4. Sounds like another example of people acting like they’re the only ones that matter and everyone else has to work around them. That’s quickly becoming my #1 pet peeve.Sorry that you had to put up with that idiocy, let alone twice, in one run.

  5. i LOATHE those people….just effing go around already…and DONT HOG THE ROAD!one day i had just had it and just kept my stride, and it was like a game of chicken, only not with cars.i won.

  6. yeah….well, at least they ignored you!…. the lead beeeatch in her glo-lite yellow glory told me “move over, we’re comin’ thru!” when I was already on the very right side edge of the 102st transverse…

  7. I am so glad to hear that others are frustrated with the lack of path etiquette. I got a huge old bruise on my forearm last fall, thanks to an a$@hole who wouldn’t move to the right and ran right into me (and he was a big guy, too). As a NYC newcomer, I was flummoxed big-time the first few times I ran in CP — I come from the well-organized Chicago lakefront path, where everyone stays to the right. And despite being a somewhat smaller urban area than NYC, there are huge groups out there, too, yet the Chicago Area Runners Association has done a great job of taking the lead on fostering a sense of path etiquette among its running and training groups, and that seems to have trickled down to most everyone else. If the highlighter singlet people are the ones I think you mean, I ran with them last fall and was aghast at the lack of emphasis placed on path courtesy and safety. I emailed them and gingerly suggested that they emphasize staying two abreast and to the right when the big groups are out there, but the response I got was less than receptive. Let’s just say it was pretty smug and defensive. Also, a question: you imply that running clockwise isn’t cool — is that an unwritten rule in CP? Please enlighten me, as I’d hate to be one of those f*ing a*&$holes!

  8. What a negative string of comments! Can’t we all just be happy that NY’ers are doing their best to fight obesity? So, you get clobbered every once in while; have to dive into the bushes; perhaps suffer a little bitty bruise, maybe tire burn from a bicycle or, at worst, a small fracture? Isn’t it worthwile for the Cause? AND (index finger raised emphatically), AND, dare I say it, but you get to run in Central Park — the Park of Parks — it’s a privilege!!! An honor. You should both feel privileged AND honored to be able to run here, in the greatest city on Earth in the greatest Park on Earth!So, I can’t believe this griping. I am utterly dismayed and appalled!! But, in the interest of being constructive, it seems to me the only options for dealing with the situation are to buy some shoulder pads, join the highligher people or jump on the NYPD bandwagon about parades. But won’t you feel bad when NY’ers are fat, you can’t run in Central Park without a permit and you have to live with the fact of its being all your fault?!?(Due to the animosity in earlier comments, I feel obligated to point out that this comment was a total joke. And I invite you all to East River Park, where its not nearly so crowded.)

  9. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/07/nyregion/thecity/07warm.htmlShedding the Fleece, Joining the FlockMay 7, 2006, SundayBy ANDREW CHANG (NYT); The City Weekly DeskLate Edition – Final, Section 14, Page 6, Column 1, 452 wordsRUNNERS, bikers, in-line skaters, walkers and all you tourists crowding onto Central Park’s paths on these warm days of spring, know this: There are others who love the park as much as you do, maybe even more — but for them, the season is not entirely a cause for celebration.About 40 of them gathered at 7 p.m. one Thursday at the foot of the Daniel Webster statue at the 72nd Street and West Drives, seemingly underdressed for the cool evening in T-shirts and shorts. They were members of the Central Park Track Club, 300 strong, which has met on this small patch of grass and asphalt for long-distance training runs every Thursday since 1981, according to Tony Ruiz, the club’s coach. That includes winter, when the runners practically have the park to themselves.In the waning daylight, Mr. Ruiz, 44, who was an alternate on the 1980 Puerto Rican Olympic team, said he worried about less experienced people jamming the park with the arrival of spring, and in the process hurting themselves and others. “The first month or so is just nuts,” he said. “Mid- to late April, early May, it’s probably the most dangerous time of the year.”Mr. Ruiz then picked up a bullhorn and called out the routes — four miles or more — that he wanted his runners to take. They scrambled to their positions and were out of sight within minutes.The streetlights had flashed on by the time the runners returned, breathless. One by one, they lined up with their backs to the road, raising their toes on the curb as they stretched their calves.Daniel Seidel, a 26-year-old translator of Italian who lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, was less worried about the influx of novice runners than about the hordes of tourists, especially around the reservoir.”People are taking pictures all the time, and they don’t seem to defer to the person whose velocity is much higher,” he said. “It’s chaos. Total chaos.”Margaret Angell, a Columbia University M.B.A. student who holds the club’s marathon record for women at 2:44, joked that come spring, “There’s all the riffraff in the park.” Sadly, she added, “I wish people enjoyed the park more in the winter.”By the time practice ended an hour later, Central Park was nearly empty again, a reminder of winter’s tranquillity. One of the few who remained, an architect named Peter Warren who lives on the Upper West Side, gazed up at the glowing high-rises and reminisced about his run last Thanksgiving evening, when he saw “maybe six or eight people” on the six-mile loop.The first weekend in April was different. “It was,” he said, “like a parade ground.”

  10. uptown girl-oh believe me, i’m working on it ;-)jay t-meh, won’t be the last time, for sure.junebug-congrats. i’d try that one time, but for some reason, i always feel the need to be a model citizen in central park :-)yelbis-i’m sure they would have said that to me if i hadn’t stepped off the road.chicagogal-i think we’re talking about the same highlighter people 😉 as for going clockwise-it’s not taboo, just the less commonly used direction. i personally like running clockwise every once in awhile to mix things up, and i find that to be the more social direction anyway :)jon-you shoulda warned me to not be drinking anything while reading your comment ;-)x-orange-trying to stir up some trash-talking? 2 days before the Club Champs? nope, didn’t think so. 😉 i’ll save it for the softball field after the race 😀

  11. Tres annoying, I agree. And I’m a highligher person who refuses to pay for the privilege of training with my own team, so you won’t see me out there. I run these little media challenge races a few times a summer and I’ve gotten complaints from them that we’re getting in their way. This after one of their participants stopped dead in the pedestrian lane after finishing his interval when I was in the middle of my race. Ah well. I suppose some of it is just a side effect of cramming too many type A personalities onto one relatively small island.

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