not a stalker wrote:Les wrote:
Yes, especially in NYC. Are you going to yell at somebody following you if you're doing the Central Park loop? Dealing with other people is a fact of life there. If you can't do it gracefully then you have a problem and will continue to have a problem.
There's a big difference between happening to follow someone because you're running the same direction at the same pace in a crowded place, and actively sticking 5m behind someone as they do a workout. Sure, at CP there will often be someone behind you running a similar pace. That isn't strange at all. But if I'm varying my pace throughout the run, and someone right behind me keeps matching my pace without saying a word to me, that's a bit weird.
I see runners use other runners they don't know all the time -- in races, in places like CP, on deserted trails. It's commonplace, especially when you're running alone. Don't see why the OP was complaining considering he and his running partner were using each other through the workout. There's probably not a runner alive who hasn't used a runner in front of him as motivation, friend or stranger.