Recently, I wiped out on the track at my gym because someone in the left lane veered off into the left shoulder while I was passing on the left. While I was passing I was SPRINTING so that should give you a better (and hopefully more sympathetic) view of the impact that resulted in me sprawled across the track with abrasions to my elbow and knee.
If you’re fast, you should be on the left — like the inner lanes. That, as far as I can tell, is universal. But PASSING?
- Pass on the right? That’s what Runner’s World says.
- Competitor Online says pass on the left (assuming you’ve announced that you’re coming).
Okay, so I didn’t announce I was coming but I also didn’t expect the person in the left-most lane to veer off into the left shoulder. This still doesn’t clear it up.
So, should I YELL “On your LEFT!” and hope the person hears me and moves to the right? But if the person didn’t hear me, should I pass on the right with no way of knowing whether the person heard me until I’ve plowed into her? Either way, I guess I should announce I’m coming, which is going to get really tedious on a ONE EIGHT MILE track.
Maybe just to screw with people, I’ll alternate. And then trip on them.