6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What would you do Wednesday?

This is post 599!! Holy WOW!! Think I am going to cut the current Giveaway short, so get in there and ENTER..

While T and I were "You Go Girling" we saw a runner with her shoe untied. My first instint is ALWAYS to say something..

I am the type of person who will tell you when you have lipstick on your teeth, toilet paper hanging out your pants and anything amiss while running.. During a Half Marathon I saw a runner whose Gu was about to fall out so I said something, apparently she had it stapled it to her belt.. HEHEHE



So I ask you....



  • What would you do? If something were amiss with a runner around you, examples, skirt tucked up showing too much backside, shoe untied, mess of something in a not so ideal place, etc...Would you say anything?


  • Would love some examples of when you did say something and the response you received. Pretty sure the lady is still running with her shoe untied..

25 comments:

Diana Tries-A-Tri! said...

Very interesting problem! I've never done it in a race scenario, but in non-race life all the time. I really try not to make it a big deal though, not interrupt what they're saying, or make a weird whispery motion or anything, I think that makes people (OK, talking from personal experience) feel worse. I try to make it seem that if it's not a big deal to you, then it shouldn't be a big deal to them, or something to feel embarrassed about. I don't know about having a "mess of something in a not so ideal place" though ... that's tricky! haha

Genesis said...

id tell the runner. during bloomsday one runners d-tag was hanging by a thread on their shoe and i made sure to tell them because if that was me, I would appreciate the kindness too, plus i would be royally pissed off if it fell off and I got a DNF. and the runner was really thankful that i stopped them and told them about it.

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

I usually say something. This isn't a crazy example, but at the start of one of my 1/2 marathons, a girl was standing in front of me. I noticed that her tank top strap was intertwined with her sports bra. It looked really uncomfortable to me and all I could think of was how that could cause some major chaffing. So, I pointed it out to her and she was so thankful. She fixed it and said how much better it felt!

Suzi said...

I can't think of a situation where I have had to stop and tell someone that something was amiss, but I definitely would do it. I know I would want to know if something was wrong with me!

Marlene said...

Funny... while lined up for the washrooms before the race start on Sunday, I spotted someone ahead of me with her shoe untied. I let her know, and she responded "I know, it's a reminder." Hmmm, wish I had asked what for?

What if she forgets the reminder? then she forgot whatever she was trying to remember AND has an untied shoe. lol

sTyliSH1 said...

I would totally tell them. Once I was on the subway and this girls skirt was lifted in the back, I tapped on her shoulder and told her about her skirt but I guess she didn't hear me and she just roller her eyes with an attitude and looked away. I was annoyed but hey, she walked off with her "granny panties" to the world!! The guys next to her got a good laugh.

Bethany + Ryan said...

i tell people all the time when i'm running at the track that there shoe is untied. i don't listen to music so if mine is untied i always hear it, and i feel it too. (i always double knot tho). i always say something, god forbid i see someone wipe out bc i they didn't know it was untied.

i guess an untied shoe is the only thing. or if they have those race ready shorts with the puches and something is about ot fall out i tell them. i tell poeple on the street that their bag is open/unzipped a lot or if i see money sticking out of someones back pocket i tell them.

Navy Wife on a Diet said...

Perhaps - and this is a reaching perhaps - that lady runs with her shoe untied all the time. Maybe its a superstition?

If its a good friend, I have no problem pointing out something amiss. When it is a total stranger...it depends. If its something that I would find very embarrassing, I'll point it out. If its a small thing, I'll let it pass.

Erika Bradford said...

When I was in college I had one of those wrap around skirts on. I had made it to the front of the registration line. I had my niece with me at the time who was 2 on my hip so I did not notice I was about to be standing there in just my underpants. Two girls in line came up behind me to window. One girl whispered in my ear what they were doing. "Your skirt is about to hit the floor, give the baby to me and my friend will help you tie your skirt." Sure at first I thought, no way your gonna kid nap my niece. But then things started getting breezey. I did as they said and was saved from registering in my underwear.

As far as running. You bet I would let someone know there shoe needs to be tied! They trip, I trip over them, not good. As far as exposed body parts, depends. I few run with practically nothing on anyway. I have been on runs before only to reach down to find my spandex tank top up a lot farther than I'd like. I feel a bit mortified, "did I really just run with all that out." Oh man, and oh well RUN ON!

Jen (Triathlete Within) said...

I would totally tell them! I definitely would want to know (although how can you not know your shoe is untied for so long???). I also always tell people when they have food in their teeth, weird hair, nipple slips, or anything else I know they wouldn't do on purpose!

That's what friends are for!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

I would always tell them. I am not one to keep my mouth shut. Esp. when I think I am being helpful. But others don't always appreciate it.

The second ultra. The group of men who were walking and I just offered encouraging words. It was their tone that told me they did not appreciate my assistance in the least. Oh well.

In a Maryland marathon (maybe the lower Potomac) it was two out and backs so you passed other runners often. There was a man running in front of me. He was sort of skipping and running oddly. Dirty shorts. I am pretty sure he didn't need to be told that his shorts were a mess. So in that case, I didn't say anything.

nikeathena said...

I often compliment people during races, but am usually so far back in the pack there aren't a lot of people to let know something is amiss. I say something in my daily life all the time though. That's hard core to staple Gu to your belt.

S Club Mama said...

I don't know if I would notice something like shoes. I'm generally looking at their shirts to see if they are cute/witty/inspiring. Otherwise, I'm just trying to breathe.

Deb said...

I would say something. I can't think of a situation where I've had to though.

The only exceptions I would make to this is if the person seemed really unapproachable, or if I thought telling them could mess them up somehow. (Like if they're sprinting for the finish line and I just want to tell them they're bra strap is showing.)

Lisa said...

I hope I'd say something - especially if it were something where the person (or someone else) could get hurt. But, I think it would depend on the situation and how friendly/receptive the person looks.

I've told people when their earbuds or sweater is dragging on the ground (usually people walking though) and have a few 'thank you's' but who would want their stuff dragging on nyc streets? gross.

mindysmarathon said...

If were embarrassing (the skirt thing) or potentially dangerous (the untied shoe) I would probably say something. I don't see a whole lot of other runners in my area, so I've not had the opportunity to say anything yet!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

If it was something that could actually cause an injury or fall, I would probably say something. I would want someone to tell me.

fancy nancy said...

I'm a teller...totally but sometimes people are not so happy with you giving them the heads up! One time this lady was cruising along with her ipod blasting and we tried to tell her several times that there was a car right behind her! We even ran up to her but she screamed, "Leave me alone!" Umm ok then...get hit by a car next time...

Joggin' Momma said...

Absolutely tell them, and you were right to do so. I am usually the one with the skirt tucked too high or lipstick on the teeth and always appreciate (and FIX!) when people point it out!!

Lindsey said...

I ran a 5k with a man who was wearing what looked like some UA underwear. I figured they were obviously some kind of running gear, so went along my merry way. At the start line, we were waiting for the gun to go off, the sun was shining overhead, and he bent over to touch his toes.

WOAH, dude.

I tried to find him after the race to tell him his pants were more like panties but he was standing with a group of shirtless runners and I was too intimidated to say anything.

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Had an incident very recently actually. Race skirts are getting more and more popular, and I often see butt cheeks as they flip up. I don't stop those people, I assume that if you wear it, you know what may and may not show (test runs people, test runs). However, I once saw a very thin lady in a running skirt, and for the first time ever in the history of running skirts, the thing was falling down, and I could see her crack. I did decide to step in... I sped up and gently tapped her on the shoulder (she was listening to an iPod). She took the earphone out and I let her know. She ended up running with me and talking to me for the next 2 miles. She had a fabulous story about running a half marathon at the beginning of her weight loss journey, and now she had lost over 150 lbs and she wanted to see how fast she could do it now. (Thinking of her enormous accomplishment of weight loss, maybe she was excited her clothes were falling off. ;-) ) Anyway, turned out really awesome. She was completely cool with it, and I only had to endure a couple minutes of looking at sweaty crack.

Melissa said...

I would say something (I am one to privately cue people into lipstick, food on the teeth, etc b/c I would want the same done for me!). In the Nashville half, someone was about to lose one of their hydration bottles so I tapped her on the shoulder and she was grateful.

Cynthia O'H said...

I would. It's the same as telling a guy (or boy) that his fly is low.

My biggest fear is a female thing. Yikes! That would be embarrassing. I'd definitely want to know about it.

misszippy said...

I HAD to comment on this b/c I am always that person with the shoe untied in a race. I wear lace locks, so my shoes aren't really untied, but sometimes the laces come untucked at the end, thus giving the illusion of being untied. Anyhow...I can't tell you how many people tell me my shoe is untied. It's a joke with my friends b/c they know that if we're racing together, they're going to hear those words over and over. I'd have to say then, that most folks out there on the race course are very good about letting others know when something is amiss.

Megan said...

I'd tell them. I've fallen and that's way more embarrassing. If the don't care then they choose to ignore you. But I that person who tells you if you have something in your teeth or TP on your shoes. I try to be discreet though.