Tuesday, April 2, 2013

My Dilemma

As someone interested in running technique, when I see people running, I can't help myself from checking out their technique. Because of this, I often find myself facing the dilemma of whether or not to speak up when I see someone who's an injury waiting to happen.

Here are two types of runners, I see almost daily.

The Clueless Person in Vibrams -I see a lot of people running in Vibrams. Unfortunately the vast majority of them are heel striking. Also, many of them are such pronounced heel strikers that just watching them makes my knees hurt.

The Shuffler - I commonly see people "running" by swinging their legs like pendulums, only bending their knees just enough to prevent their feet from scraping the ground. They end up landing straight legged, and way out in front of their center of gravity.

Okay, should I say something or just let it go? I've always thought, based on my experiences, that most people would either shrug off my advice, and might even be offended by my critique. However, I can't help but feel a little guilty when I don't say anything. Most of these people will either end up with a running injury, and/or have to give running due to pain.

I'd like to hear the opinions of others. Should I speak up? Would people generally be open to my advice, or would they be put off by it? Is it likely to make a difference, or would it just end up making me "that guy"?

10 comments:

  1. I think you should do what you really think you must do. If you truly are concerned about the person you will say something. Whether or not they change what they do is irrelevant. If you determine you are going to say something, then having a successful well thought out strategy would lead to the greatest success whatever that might be...

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  2. First you start talking, then you see if the person is open to any suggestions (I had similar experience with cyclists :)

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  3. I think that those of us who read your blog are more likely to be optimistic about the possible reactions because deep down we want people to run better, and spread the word, as it were.

    I've had some nice conversations though when people have approached me while I am performing POSE drills, and they initiate the conversation by asking about them, etc.

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    1. That's a good point. I'm very happy to talk with anyone who approaches me. However, in the past, when I have approached people, most of them were not interested, often very skeptical, and a few were clearly annoyed. Hence my reason for writing this post.

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  4. Maybe you just showing your arrogance.
    Keep your religion to yourself and stop trying to impose it on others.

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    1. Interesting. I'm not sure how I'm being arrogant, or what my religion has to with running technique, or even how I'm imposing anything on anyone. In any case, you clearly have a chip on your shoulder about something I wrote.

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  5. I found your blog while reading up on the 100-Up Technique. As a very amatuer runner, if I saw someone running with form I was envious of and they offered to help me out, I'd be thrilled! I'd say the same goes with religion too... If you notice someone has an obvious inner peace, and they strike up a conversation with you, wouldn't you be interested in hearing about the source of that tranquility?

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    1. Interesting! I think it would depend on how attached you are to a particular point of view. Whether about running technique or religion.

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