The race went really well. I felt undertrained going in but I wound up beating my most optimistic estimate for a finishing time by more than a minute. I ran a negative split by about a minute and finished the race feeling like I had run the best race I could possibly have run, given what the winter looked like around here. Hurray!
I have to tell you guys, though: I have a new contender for Worst Phone Manners Ever. I saw two people carrying on phone conversations while racing a 10K. Two of them!
Every year the bar drops a little lower, right? Every year people are using their phones in more situations where phone use was once unthinkable. Earlier this week I saw a skateboarder rolling down a busy narrow street while looking at his phone, and I thought to myself, "That guy is a candidate for a Darwin Award." I get bent out of shape when people are distracted by their phones on our local multi-use trail, especially if they're moving erratically on bikes. But this takes the cake: when people all around have been working for weeks to get ready for this event, somehow it is a good idea to slow down suddenly and move unpredictably because...this phone call just can't wait? This is a good-sized 10K, with more than 2400 competitors today. This makes for a fun but crowded course. It's not a good place to make unexpected moves, or to be unaware of your surroundings.
I'll mention it along with my positive feedback when the race organizers ask for comments, but they probably could not have predicted that the race rules would need to say, "You can either race a 10K or talk on the phone. Don't do both at the same time."
I told Elwood we should retire to a North Sea island on which only landlines with long curly cords are permitted. He agrees.
Want to talk about the Scourge of Bad Phone Manners? What's your tale of Worst Phone Manners Ever? And what do you think is going to happen here? Surely the pendulum will swing back toward sanity at some point. Won't it? Please tell me it will swing back toward sanity.
Hm, I am putting this in the Fitness category but really it should be in the (nonexistent) Kids These Days Need To Get Off My Lawn category. Except -- both of the culprits were my age! People in their 40s who think it's a good idea to weave around in a road full of runners while having a non-urgent phone conversation-- go figure!