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Twitter asks, we answer. [Sep. 4th, 2014|12:01 am]
kyle cassidy
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‏@chrystalml asks

@kylecassidy I often get passed by runners while I'm rambling. It's my instinct to high-five them, b/c I think they're awesome. Should I?

Ah -- here's a deep runner conundrum. Stay silent, or spread the joy?

Personally, I feel that every time I run past someone wearing a shirt from a race that I've run, they owe me a hi-5 because we shared an experience, and for a long time I'd yell "BROAD STREET RUN 2013!!!" and wave my arm out at them like a broken windmill and some people are like "HELLA YEAH! HI-5 BRO!!!" and others are like "I'm calling the freaking cops you assweird" and lately I've come to realize that it's a person-by-person judgement you need to make based on how friendly the person passing you looks.

Some of the West Philly Runners make it a point to nod or wave at every person they pass, I play it by ear.

Very often when I'm running an actual race I'll see actual friends of varying degrees passing me on the way back while I'm still on my way out (I'm slow, what can I say?) and I'll yell "DOING GREAT FRED!" or whatever and hold a hand out and, invariably they'll all ignore me and charge ahead, not because they don't think we're friends or whatever, but because they're focused on doing the best they possibly can and any hi-5 would detract from that and they probably don't even see me.

So I think the answer is "Offer a hi-5 to whoever you want, but don't feel bad if they leave you hanging". Any skin-on-skin contact between runners is sweaty and gross so you might just want to wave anyway. Hi-5 them at the banana stand at the end of the race or tag them on Facebook: "Just passed Joe Blow running like the wind. Hi-5 dude!"

The West Philly Runners celebrate their 200th run, with many hi-5's

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[User Picture]From: howlokitty
2014-09-04 04:36 am (UTC)
I've been meaning to ask you a question but keep forgetting.

What's a good non-gym strength-type workout for a beginner who does no strength anything?
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2014-09-04 04:22 pm (UTC)
A Marine sergeant pointed out to me once that the USMC turns doughy recruits into iron killing machines without the use of any gym equipment. You can strength train using your body as your weight system, I'd say pushups, planks and burpees would be a good place to start. Download one of those "100 pushups in 100 days" apps for your phone and in 3 months you'll be able to tear a phone book in half.
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[User Picture]From: cynic51
2014-09-05 05:15 am (UTC)
A long time ago NFL player Herschel Walker famously said he only did pushups, situps and sprints to stay in game shape.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2014-09-04 04:23 pm (UTC)
(If you can find a phone book.)
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[User Picture]From: howlokitty
2014-09-04 07:25 pm (UTC)
Yay! I bet I could find a bunch of phone books around the office.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2014-09-04 04:24 pm (UTC)
I met her once in college. But I look like such a dork in the photo I can never show it to anyone. Now I know all I need to do is start running in Princeton and I'll bump into her on a trail. "HI-5 JCO!!"
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[User Picture]From: coffeeem
2014-09-04 07:55 pm (UTC)
A big grin works, too, particularly accompanied by an approving nod. But then, that"s the Minnesotan equivalent of confetti and cheering.
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[User Picture]From: howlokitty
2014-09-04 08:16 pm (UTC)
Wow. I'd forgotten how much differently Minnesota works than New Orleans.
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[User Picture]From: hyperiate
2014-09-04 09:18 pm (UTC)
I'll see actual friends of varying degrees passing me on the way back while I'm still on my way out (I'm slow, what can I say?) and I'll yell "DOING GREAT FRED!" or whatever

Initially I read this as you were still running the race and they were finished with the race and walking back somewhere, which made YOU cheering THEM on even a little more awesome.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2014-09-08 01:08 am (UTC)
"You're walking back to the car great fred!!!"
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[User Picture]From: indigo_spice
2014-09-06 06:06 pm (UTC)
We Pacific Northwesters typically nod at each other. Occasionally I get a "good job" but I think that's because the other runners think I'm dying. I'm totally stealing the word "assweird"
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2014-09-08 01:09 am (UTC)
checking google, i seem to have invented that word. just now. use it well.
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