News : The 'new' Community Runner: First-rate, shoddy runners and fake runners


News :

The 'new' Community Runner: First-rate, shoddy runners and fake runners


Toni Abadía continues to progress slowly with his training / Carolina Gay

Let no one be fooled by reading the headline. Or become totally erroneous cabal. With this writing we do not want to establish any type of segregation. On the contrary. We are many @ these days since they allow us to run again we are seeing many more people than usual doing outdoor sports. After weeks and weeks of total confinement, almost having to ask for please and forgiveness to go outside to breathe a little, the ban was opened and, of course, most people are squeezing it to the fullest. And as the widest strip is that of doing sports (from 6 to 10 and from 20 to 23h) and they are the only times of the day when we can set foot on the street without needing a pretext (go shopping, take a walk with children, with the relevant pet, etc.), the human crowd of cyclists, runners, walkers and others has multiplied by 10 compared to what it used to be.

What happens as a result of this? Well, we see people put on their shoes and go running much more regularly. That has several readings, although it should be the positive one that prevailed over any other. People who had not even experienced 'running' are starting almost by inertia, but in some cases that inertia is going to become a 'hobby' and even a passion. And that's good, great. Above all, it should be remembered that you have to introduce yourself gradually and if possible with professional advice so as not to fall into precipitations and put your body at risk from a tremendously rewarding activity, but also dangerous if done without a head.

For some regular runners, this ‘invasion’ of novice, foreign runners has not fared very well, and they are showing it on social media (especially on Twitter, the usual focus of heated discussions and indiscriminate cracks). Calling them pa shoddy runners ’or‘ false runners ’, they are identified by their poorly groomed clothing or by certain attributes that are far from what on paper should identify a regular runner. In this sense, the opinion of any user or broker should be respected, especially if in any case (as has been given) these new ‘runners’ do not respect the restrictions or impede the usual practice of the other brokers.

But do we really have the license to judge whether a new member of the 'community' has more or less the right to use the public road to run than we do? All this is born because, especially in denser cities and towns, our usual 'temples' or 'sanctuaries' for running, which at certain times used to be quiet and in which we did not feel liberated and with space to spare, are now much more crowded. But the situation is what it is


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