It's fairly taboo to talk about carrots in public but we all know we talk about it in private on long runs with our friends. Carrot, I must point out, is not a sexist label and can as easily be applied to a woman or a man. It is not degrading but merely points out that all those mile have paid off. What is a carrot? A carrot is that fellow runner in the race that looks especially nice in their running gear and helps you keep a nice steady pace. A pace that perhaps that may be slower or faster than you normally run but yet on this day it seems to be the perfect pace. Like a carrot in front of the horse that keeps it moving. Ideally the carrot is a runner that keeps a pace just above where you want to be, enabling you to have the proper motivation to reach your PR. If you're going to follow a carrot, at least follow these simple rules:
- Don't harass. You're not a construction worker, you're a fellow runner. The only thing appropriate to say might be a few words of encouragement. If you're trying to strike a conversation and get a date, just wait until after the race.
- Don't run two steps behind and stare the whole time. There is a fine line between appreciating and stalking.
- When in the presence of a carrot one must never mention the carrot. You never know if someone wants to be considered a carrot (well, all men probably do), so error on the safe side.
- Don't turn around after you've passed. We all want to see what the front looks like after we've run behind someone for a mile but control the urge and keep moving.
Follow these simple rules and everyone gets along. That beautiful person may not only put a smile on your face and a spring in your step; they could drive you to your personal best. Have a carrot story? Keep it nice. Go ahead and post in the comments.