Knock on wood, I’m starting to gain traction with my running routine. I’m back home for a few days and was worried the altitude would discourage me, but I’ve discovered that if you run slow enough, altitude doesn’t matter. Damned race director won’t cancel this October’s Boulder Marathon, so I’ve got some training to do.
I’ve been gleaning post-shutdown trail running etiquette that I don’t mind sharing with you. Seems like most people get why runners would run without a mask, but many are in fact wearing them. I would tell you this is because runners and bikers are all about the gear. A bandana is just one more thing they get to wear.
Regardless, the manner on the trail is this. Runners wear their bandana around their neck, and then raise it to cover their mouth and nose as they pass another runner on the trail. I’ve experienced this on both the LoBo Trail and East Boulder Trail. Anecdotal, I know, but that’s what you get from a runner’s blog.
I wasn’t wearing a mask or bandana myself, but will be for future trail runs. I’ve been conscientious about wearing one when I go out, it just didn’t seem needed or practical for running. But a light-weight scarf hanging around my neck, that I only raise over my nose as needed, doesn’t bother me at all. In fact, it might be helpful to protect my skin from UV rays. After looking for a Shoes & Brews bandana, I ordered a purpuse-built, all-white, runners neck gaiter. The new normal will include stylish neck-wear.
Our ‘staff gift’ at the sky valley was that sort of buff. Interestingly it has a skull on it.
I found this article interesting. It’s worth considering that not only as you pass someone but if you’re behind another runner or biker to keep covered for a bit. Or if you’re ahead, I guess, for their sake.
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A lo Hawk said:
Sue and I do the same with our bandanas. We are always the ones to step off the trail. Many trail users in Durango just go blasting past with no face coverings.
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Ok, I’m going to be the practical one here and ask: what about blowing a loogie out your nose? That one-nostril-at-a-time move good runners achieve without breaking stride or altering their breathing? For that matter, just spitting out that inevitable (in Texas, thanks to allergies) post-nasal drip throat clearing? Nothing is going to suspend “droplets” in the air longer after your passage than that, but it is sort of a normal runner thing to do. Preferably when no one is watching. So, do we just refrain from that now? Swallow? Or just spit and blow when no one is around to see, and tell ourselves nobody else will run into our spore? Texas wants to know how Colorado does it.
Ed Mahoney said:
You’re talking two very high-velocity activities – ejecting fluids caused by the airborne, seasonal diseases pervasive in the Hill Country and the farmer blow. Still, you raise a valid question. One that I missed observing in others. I can only tell you my experience. Each time I have to participate in a similar high-velocity activity, I think to myself how happy I am with my gear choice of not wearing a mask. That’s why it was important to me to find the perfect garment and I think I’ve done that here with a summer-season buff.