Following run bloggers and posts in running related Facebook groups can be a fun and informative way to train, plan races and exchange information.
Generally everyone is really, really supportive. I have seen great amounts of advice, encouragement and support exchanged in these groups. I have met friends (who I will meet in person in a glorious 7 days) and drawn a lot of motivation from fellow run bloggers. I even had an amazing reaction when I posted about my plans of bringing my dear Grams to W&D in 2015 to do the 5K on Team runDisney. I was blown away by the kindness of people and the love they sent from all over the world to my Grams.
But…in the last month or so I have noticed something unpleasant in both the running blog and the runDisney community and it is making me want to tap out. There is a lot of “you’re doing it (it being running Disney or just racing in some cases) wrong.” A lot of trolling. A lot of entitlement to medals, merch, corrals, race bibs, what have you. A lot of snark. A lot of Us vs Them between those that run fast vs run slow or those that run for PRs vs PRs in fun at Disney.
I feel like everyone needs to take a chill pill, pronto. We are all here for the same reason. We have a passion for running, racing and bling…and Disney.
No matter what the race, be it Disney or otherwise, it is your dollars on the line, your training, your experience. You run it how you want, be it slow or fast, for PRs or PRs in fun. BOTH experiences are fun (I have run Disney for PRs and for PRs in fun successfully and both experiences are equally valid and equally fun ways to experience an event) and worthwhile pursuits, despite what you hear from some people in the community.
But, as you race YOUR race, make sure it doesn’t mess up mine and I will make sure mine doesn’t mess up yours. How to do this? Well…here’s a handy list
- Don’t run more than two abreast as it is really difficult to get by you, no matter how wide the road ahead may be
- As an extension of above, don’t run more than two abreast when crossing the finish line–people tend to sprint for the finish and will absolutely blow right through you.
- Look around, signal and moveto the side if you plan on taking a walk break or stopping.
- Seed yourself appropriately in your corral–and if you don’t plan keeping pace with the corral, consider moving back to a slower corral.
- Don’t jump corrals, they exist for safety, not to keep you from photo stops. People in Corral G can be going for PRs (where seconds can matter) too and that is harder to do with slower people in your way.
- If you are at a race without corrals, try to use the pacers as a guide as to where you need should seed yourself.
- Don’t steamroll people when you are running through–there is absolutely no reason to be an arse.
- And if you do accidently bump into someone, apologize. Again, there is absolutely no reason to be an arse.
- Don’t run back or jump in front of someone’s photo op. It is not only dangerous (is a castle pic worth a broken bone and not finishing the race?), but annoying to other runners trying to get their pictures. If you miss it, wait and you can get a picture of you in front of the castle LATER with your medal when you aren’t a sweaty mess. lol.
- Don’t take multiple bottles of water/gatorade/food. There are a LOT of runners….all of which will be hungry and thirsty post race–not just you.
- Cheer for other runners, congratulate them as you see them in the parks wearing their medals with pride. Fast or slow, they still did the same distance you did and worked hard to complete it.
Got anything to add to this list? Let me know in the comments….even if you think I’m crazy–let me know. Hah!