Sunday, September 5, 2010

Awkward Running and Giveaway Winner

It is funny I tagged Hyperbole and a Half and the Four Levels of Social Entrapment on Thursday's post - I wasn't joking when I told you that post was my life. 

On Friday I was running on Route 201 near my house when I heard a vehicle slowing behind me.

Ugh. Someone is stopping to talk to me. Again.

I honestly do not understand why some well-meaning people find the need to stop and talk to me for 20 minutes when I am in the middle of a run.  Usually it is it is either 90 degrees (and I am under hydrated and just want to get home) or -20 degrees (and I am freezing my butt off and just want to get home - see THIS post).

I would say it is a small town thing, and partly that is true, but often I only kind of know the person stopping to chat, and usually that person is convinced that we are way better friends than I think we are.

This can be awkward, because half of the time I can't even remember their name.  Usually they are a friend of a friend who I met once at a bar 6 years ago, or someone I went to high school with, or a friend of my parents.

I try to keep running and make believe the truck is not there, and not stopping for me.  Which does not work at all. 

(HONK HONK) "HEY! MANDY! Oh my god!!! MANDY!! It is me!! You know, that person you hardly know!"

"OH!!  Sorry, I didn't notice that big cherry red Chevy with the bright orange flames on the side, the over sized tires (this guy MUST be running over small cars for kicks), obnoxiously loud, sawed off tail pipe, the Calvin peeing on the Ford sticker, and the naked women mud flaps!  I must have missed it because I was RUNNING.  So sorry to be so rude!"

"I see you are running!"

"Yes, I am running."


"How have you been?  I haven't seen you forever!"

"I am good, thanks! Yeah, it has been so long I forgot who you were!"

"You are still running.  That is something else."


I have a smile frozen on my face, wondering how I know this person, how I can dump him, and whether there are any viable escape options.  I look to my right. The river.  I look to my left, long steep gravely hill.

Damn.  No escape.  The river is looking good though.

"Yup, still running.  Actually, you might not have noticed, but I am trying to finish a run right now."

"Yeah! I saw you were running, that is why I stopped!  Are you training for the Boston Marathon again?"

"Uh, no.  I have never done the Boston Marathon.  I am just out running I guess, hoping to finish this run."

"Huh.  That is awesome!  You look the same!"  He then stares at me expectantly with a big goofy smile, like a monkey is about to fly out of my butt.


"Uh. Thanks.  Um, you too!"

"Huh huh yeah, well I gained a bit of weight you know." (pats beer belly)

(Awkward silence.  Do I agree? Disagree?)

He fidgets with something in his truck, I kick the ground, bite my lip, and look around everywhere but at him, wondering if maybe I went to high school with this guy?  That must be it.  Maybe.  I have got to get out of here.

"Well, I guess I am going to keep running.  Great to see!"

"Yeah Mandy it was SO AWESOME to see you!!  Good luck in Boston!" 

Contest Winner!

A big THANK YOU to the awesome people at Perfect Foods for sponsoring this contest, you guys ROCK!  I had 80 comments/entries to the Perfect Foods Bar contest - thank you all so much for entering!  I went to and entered 1 through 80 and the winner was...
The 13th comment was:
Congratulations Jeffrey from Reckless Abandon! You just won 2 boxes of Perfect Foods Bars you lucky dog! Please send your addresses to me at manfarr1974 (at) yahoo (dot) com and we will get those to you!

August Numbers:
Swim: 10 miles, all open water.
Bike: 339 miles
Run: 55 miles

This week's numbers:
Swim: 3 miles, all open water
Bike: 68 miles
Run: 17 miles
9 hours


Steven said...

Mandy, I'd go for the 'slow jog and make them talk while driving' response to anyone NOT my mother.... Yeah, I can be rude to some people....

Run Strong

Big Clyde said...

Yeah, it's only happened twice to me, but I hate it. I keep the headphones always in, strain to hear, do a quick stupid wave and keep going.

Not as easy to do in your small town, I suppose! At least your famous!

Bryan Payne said...

Okay....this has to be said...and if anyone is going to say it, it's me.

M, don't you get it???? Big truck, stops as you're running in tight shorts and running gear, bouncing up and down, drives along side, "with trucker pillow talk" saying "you look awesome", then you THINK he's patting his "belly" and "figits with something in his truck" and has a "big goofy smile"........ Common M, get with the times. Do I have to spell it out for yah......Okay, maybe I do, he was just working on getting some "GEL" out of the package. hahahahaha



Lucky me.
Too much traffic around here for people to slow down and talk.
I can imagine what a pain in the butt it is.
I love the comment "you training for the Boston Marathon again?"... "ah sure enough... duhhh... it was the 3hr 5 min performance I put in at New York that got me the slot...."

Patrick Mahoney said...

there is another side to this. If this happened in California I'd be reaching for the gun (I don't have) just in case.

Unknown said...

hahaha ... I went into the grocery store yesterday and it was really busy in there and I was thinking of allie's post about passing the same person repeatedly in the aisles. Luckily I didn't bump into anyone but I pulled my hat down low and walked briskly to avoid this situation at all costs ...and it was after a bike so I probably smelled bad! I had to chuckle that it happened to you ...heheh. I love that blog!

Jeffrey said...

mall town fame has its downside. I'm with steven on this one, keep the slow jog going, look down at the HR monitor / watch and then quickly give, "well, I'd better keep moving, great seeing you too..." Don't know if it works all the time, but...

And...I played the lotto and entered your contest on the same day. While I'm super stoked about the Perfect Food Bars, I could have really used the $12 million. Email on its way! ;)

Jennifer said...

Funny post! Only had that happen once. I never stoped running, I kept moving. Probably impolite, the one time it did happen it was from another runner, who was cross training on their comfy bike. WTF? They should know better!

Velma said...

For some reason, the conversation is hillarious! Never happens to me :)

Molly said...

ugh, that's so annoying.

Q said...

LOL, I agree, communications during running should be kept to a nod and a smile, or at most a wave.

Congrats Jeffry!

Anonymous said...

Fortunately the people I see while running are other runners and they understand. ;-)

Perhaps mystery man reads your blog!!! LOL!

Ron said...

OMG i can feel the awkwardness from here. Sorry you had to deal with that schmuck. Thanks for sharing!

The Green Girl said...

Wow. Very awkward.

Ironman By Thirty said...

HAHA! Love it! I think I had a half dozen unrelated people share the same link on Facebook, so it sounds like a lot of people can relate to it.

I've never actually had someone stop to talk to me while running. Plenty of honks and waves, but no one actually stopped. I guess I should consider myself lucky!

Christy said...

I just found your blog today and am now a new follower. I also tagged you on my blog ;-)

Lisa said...

How weird that people stop you while you're running! I've never heard of such a thing, although that's probably because I didn't really start running till I moved to the city! Maybe you need a shirt with "will not stop to talk" on the back!

Aimee said...

Ha ha...I loved your thoughts during that conversation!

Christi said...

Wow, that is funny! I have never had anyone stop me during a run.

DRog said...


"HONE HONK its the person you hardly know"

I have to start following that blog

have a great week!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

LOLOL!!! That is funny

Black Knight said...

Funny post. Here it is impossible to find someone to talk with while I am running, too much traffic. Howevere sometimes I find some lost tourist who asks where the port or the station are.

RunToTheFinish said...

i cannot even imagine having that happen! You are wayyyy nicer than me, I'd probably be like yup running BYE

Erin said...

There's a woman in my (equally small) town who sort of mimes running at me with an ENORMOUS grin and says something which she thinks is encouraging but always strikes me a condescending. She also thinks the magnetic field in your tv is going to kill you, so...

That's part of being big, though. People think you need encouragement. Actually, I just need to get back to the Savage Love podcast I was listening to, unless of course you want to talk about polyamory and teh butt secks? Mandy, may I please say "butt sex" on your blog?

Thanks in advance,

Emz said...

Hey Mandy!
It's me. Me...emz. Give me your cell #. Since I don't live by you, I'd like to call you in the middle of your workouts.
Love this post.

AM! said...

Hey there;-)
congrats to the winner;-)

and also...forgot to tell you I tagged u for the cherry on top award (i wrote about it on mon). i'm thinking you were already tagged, but wanted to let ya know.

ciao bella!

Unknown said...

Heehee, here they stop to ask you if you need a lift... ;)

gmontalvo13 said...

this is too funny! you have to stop being such a nice person! :)

Anne-Marie said...

Hilarious post! Love the truck description.

Maybe you should consider running in disguise... a ball cap with a fake ponytail attached and some dark glasses might just do the trick :)

zbsports said...

nah I have nothing to say more, I love the give away hope I am the winner.

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