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May 15th, 2007
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Unfriendliness


Manhattan, May 13, 2007 - This past Sunday, I did the Mother's Day 4-Mile race in Central Park, which is the first race I had run since July. It was a beautiful day, and I was pretty pleased with my time (28:47) and place (311th out of 3192 runners). So with a spring in my step (figuratively, that is - I was a bit tired), I headed to the subway station at 5th and 59th.

Because it was only a little after 9am on Sunday morning, there were probably only about a couple dozen other people in the station, and pretty much every one of them had done the race (you could tell because most of us still had our race numbers on). So I sat down, and rather than wait for the train in silence, I decided to be friendly. So I asked the group of people sitting near me: "Hey, how did everyone's run go?"

One guy muttered an embarrassed "fine". Everyone else either shrugged or looked away like I was asking for money. What unfriendly jerks! So we all waited for the train in silence, me silently fuming, and they probably all silently thinking I was some sort of kook.

Well, I didn't let it ruin my day. Cleaning the windows in my house - that ruined my day. But at least it was constructive, and I can now see the beautiful weather outside again.

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From:tigermelp
Date:May 15th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
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You're a good runner! It took me almost 10 minutes more to do 3 miles. :)
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From:eviladmin
Date:May 16th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
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Congratulations!!! Clearly your run was better than theirs.
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From:paisleychick
Date:May 16th, 2007 04:23 am (UTC)
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That's awesome - about the run.
That's shitty - about their response
That's great - about having clean windows. :D
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From:joeshlabotnik
Date:May 16th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, everyone! I'm supposed to be doing a 10K this weekend, but I doubt I'll be able to keep up the same pace. I haven't run 10K in probably two years.

I thought about the possibility that everyone else there was embarrassed by a disappointing run. Well, if that's true, I didn't want to be talking to a bunch of losers anyway :-)
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