The awkward moment

Lately, I noticed something pretty special about running which I will call the ‘awkward’ moment. Specifically, I find it really difficult to make up my mind on what to do when passing by a total stranger. Talking about first world problems.. 😉

Imagine yourself running and someone is walking or running your way. You start to wonder what to do; look at the person? Look down? Look away? Help! I usually don’t know how to behave, act and think which doesn’t really contribute to the moment to make it less awkward. Therefore, I have set up some guidelines for awkward persons like myself to survive this somewhat graceless moment.

#1. The most easy way to avoid this awkward moment is to wear sunglasses. However, this is of course only an option when the sun is shining. Since I, for example, come from a country that is not particularly sunny, this option will rarely work unless you want to look like a complete weirdo who wears sunglasses in the pouring rain.

#2. One tip my sister gave me when she experiences the awkward moment is: start staring. Yep, you’ve heard it right, staring. My sister just stares at total strangers as if she participates in a staring contest. According to her, eventually the other person will look away and the awkwardness is gone. Mission accomplished I should say. Though not totally sure if this tip will make the moment even less awkward.

#3. Make a game out of it. This releases the tension by making it more fun. For example, if one person catches your stare, smile! If the other person smiles back, run an extra minute. If not, do 10 crunches. This will help your running routine in multiple ways, no awkward moments and a killer work-out.

#4. Go running with your BFFF. When running together with your BFFF you will not even notice that there is an awkward moment since you are completely focused on how much fun you are having. Again, running with your BFFF will result into more motivation and it will make running a lot more fun. Talking about killing two birds with one stone!

Of course the awkward moment shouldn’t hold you back from going for a run. The most important part about running is enjoying yourself. And just in case that ‘awkward’ moment pops up, think about these tips or, most importantly, try not to think about the awkwardness of the whole situation and enjoy yourself.

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  1. Jannet

    What I usually do is extend my arm out for a low five and say “Good Job.” (:

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      hahaha, awesome!

  2. Nadia

    Hahaha, ik heb dat ook altijd. In het park zeg ik mensen gedag, daar is dat gewoon. Iedereen doet dat, maar als ik gewoon door de buurt ren vind ik het ook awkward, meestal kijk ik gewoon recht voor me haha

    • Nathalie

      Inderdaad! Er is een verschil tussen het park en de buurt. Waar ook verschil in zit, vind ik, is of je door een klein dorp loopt of door een grote stad. Je zegt toch vaker in een klein dorp hoi dan dat je dat in een grote stad doet :p

  3. Mandy

    Heel herkenbaar, ik zeg altijd maar vriendelijk gedag. Ben je ook van het rare moment af. Leuk geschreven!

    • Nathalie

      haha, dat is waarschijnlijk ook de meest makkelijke en beste manier! 😉 dankjewel! 🙂

  4. Daphne

    Haha, I totally recognize this. I always tell myself I should smile, but I’m afraid to look silly if the other person doesn’t smile back haha.

    • Nathalie

      True that! Same problem here haha! Maybe we should stop worrying and do more of the smiling :p