Mid-Race Chat?

You are running a race, and someone wants to have a mid-race chat with you. But you don’t want to have a conversation. What to do?

Since the person who wants to talk to you in a race is probably a stranger, this creates the need to be polite but direct. If someone starts to chat, just to them, “I don’t want to be rude, but I can’t talk while I run.” The likelihood that someone would argue with this—or even continue talking—is is very low.

He or she might still take offense but don’t feel bad. People sometimes have a hard time taking rejection, no matter how nice you are about it. If someone scoffs or huffs, just keep running.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.


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