- The aforementioned "You only have so-and-so-distance left!" or "You're almost to the finish!" I've noticed different spectators have widely varying ideas on what it means to be almost-to-the-finish.
- "Go faster!"
- (Directed at a fellow competitor) "C'mon, beat him/her! You can take 'em!"*
*Note: If I hear this phrase, you will, without a doubt, undergo the wrath of my death stare.
- "Looking good!" (No, I am running my guts out. I had better not look good. In fact, I had better be the epitomy of unattractiveness.)
- "Dig deep, you can do it!"
- "Great pace, crank it out!" or, in the final stretch, "Kick it! Kick it!"
- There simply is no made-over version of the third statement. Just don't go there.
- If you know their name, "Go so-and-so!" If not, you can use something on their shirt to define them. For example, if the runner has on a Minnesota Gophers t-shirt, it would be appropriate to say, "Go Minnesota!" Unless they are unaware dressers or their mom still picks out their attire, they should know you're referring to them in your encouragement.
Not only do the runners in the race need to concentrate on their difficult task at hand, but the spectators must also do the same. Word choice, although subtle, can make a big difference in the largely mental aspect of racing. One should say it like they mean it and be sure to belt it out if they have any chance in being heard amongst the boisterous clamor of a mob-like crowd. Be careful in what you say because, although imperceptible to the orator, it can have an impact on the runner's performance. Make it a positive impact and help them on their way to a PR.
The Breadcrumb Runner