As a male and a runner, I found this recent article in Runner’s World extraordinarily interesting. The article discusses how while running, males tend to not let themselves get passed — and this is just so true! I thought it was just me!
I hate to be passed and when I know there’s someone behind me, I’ll keep a careful watch on them and their pace — and monitor mine accordingly. The same holds true when I spy someone in front of me: evaluating my energy levels, my pace, their pace. With some quick back-of-the-envelope math, I decide whether or not I can overtake them — and I often push myself to try.
It’s definitely something in the male competitive spirit, but it’s refreshing to know that I’m not the only one. All this means, though, is if you hear someone following you somewhere between Noe Valley and Golden Gate Park: Beware, I won’t give up. Unless, of course, it’s the way back from the park and we’re looking up at those giant hills… then it’s a team effort.