I was running on the bridge out on Charles River in Boston.
And yes, I was in my garnet red Soffe's 2" split shorts and black/red longsleeve compression shirt. It was cold today!
So I was running on the bridge and making my speed up to 90% max and THIS GUY ran up right behind me and then outkicked me and kept running for like 200-250 meters until the end of the bridge. He didn't look back.
It was all so sudden. Usually when you run in Boston, you only see hobby joggers. So when he first surpassed me, I thought he was a hobby jogger.
I tried to match his speed, but then I noticed he was using his finishing kick. I'd like to say I specialize in the 800 meters and he definitely reminds me of a middle-distance runner.
Why would he go all out? Was it because he saw me trying to go "almost" all out? I never go all out unless it's on hills or on a very even surface. This was on the bridge between Boston and MIT/Harvard.
After I knew I couldn't match his pace, he was gaining distance fast - I just stopped. I relaxed my shoulders, stopped swinging my arm and then just walked at a 2mph pace.
Should I have challenged him? Should I have tried beating him? Should I have flailed my arms like Nigel Amos in the 800m race? Should I have unleashed my pure hatred and given my best?
The thing was, I don't know if he already ran 8 or 10 miles today. Because I already ran 5 miles before we crossed paths. If one of us beat each other and got a smug sense of winning, it wouldn't be fair because we'd have beaten each other on tired legs. I'd want to race knowing that we were on equal leg freshness.
Do you try to run past someone knowing they were already tired? Do you like showing off you 5 min pace compared to someone struggling to get a 7 min pace?
Do you let them out run you? Or do you challenge them? What happens at the end? Do you wave goodbye? Or nod them off? Because I know what a finishing kick is. He used it against me. Why am I a target?!