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Competitive Pedestrian Syndrome

By February 24, 2011 - 10:15am

Read this article on Runner's World website, and it hit home for me! I do suffer from "sidewalk rage" sometimes - experts say it's the racing mentality, and wanting to "race through life" much like you do in a race. I know it's nice to stop and smell the roses every once in awhile - but doesn't it get frustrating when you get stuck behind people that won't get out of the way?

By HERWriter Guide February 28, 2011 - 2:04pm

Oh dear! This whole thing has me half laughing and half scared! I don't know what a farmer's blow is and now I'm afraid to ask!!

To me, this topic is very culturally specific and has as much to do with lifestyle as actually walking. I agree that it is annoying being behind REALLY slow people. But because one is slow, one has no purpose? Hey now! A slow person may be on their way to serve food at a soup kitchen while Fast Person is probably heading to where...the dry cleaners?!

One person's destination is no more important than anyone elses!

Americans refuse to slow down yet they actually get no further than anyone else and more often, are left behind. It's why they visit 10 European countries in 14 days and end up having seen nothing more than the inside of a tour bus! It's all about getting to the top, accumulating numbers and never learning from the climb, nor appreciating what's along the way. I think it's a shame!

And now I'm off to google "farmer's blow" (from the article)....and I'm going to google really slowly, too...just....because........

ETA: I googled it. Gross!! Try that with me on a street and you'll be snorting out a different orifice, for life!

February 28, 2011 - 2:04pm
By February 28, 2011 - 10:41am

Yes, being from Chicago, I'm a habitual fast-walker, and I get super frustrated when people are just ambling along with no obvious purpose. If that's your goal, great. But as Shana said, "Not if you're in my way!! Step aside, people! ugh!!" I try not to be hot-headed about it, but it seeps into when I'm driving, and someone is taking forever to make their turn. "Hello, turn already...would you like me to stop traffic for you so you can feel comfortable pulling out?" My boys giggle in the background hearing me talk to the other cars, and they repeat it when playing with their Hot Wheels at home. I sheepishly smile, and my husband says, "You know they get that from you." Yes, I do. :)
I did used to run more often, and I've done a couple sprint triathlons. Perhaps not only being from Chicago, it's a competitive nature. Trust me, I'm no speed demon on the trails, I just like to be able to move without someone cramping my style.
Thanks for the thread, swimrunner08!

February 28, 2011 - 10:41am
By February 24, 2011 - 11:26am

Wow, this is great and I thought I was the only one! Love this: "When all you have is a hammer, the saying goes, every problem looks like a nail. And when you're a longtime competitive runner, every situation looks like a race." How true is that! I mean you just can't help to race through things. There is a time and a place to move slow, but just not when it's in my way ;)

February 24, 2011 - 11:26am

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