Except, I'm finding, when it comes to watching other people run.
I'm just a running moron with no real running expertise. I have been at it constantly for 5 years (except for when I was injured), and I've sort of come to figure out what works best for me most of the time, but except for a couple of age group placings I've never won anything in a race. So I've never been faster than anyone. And I've never taken any classes regarding running from anyone with any expertise. I am completely self-made when it comes to running, for better or for worse. Kind of like how they say a man who represents himself in court has a fool for a client everything I've done for myself in regards to running has probably been negligible at best and seriously detrimental at worst.
But when I see people running all out of sorts with their arms swinging every which way and their heads bobbing up and down and their shoulders bounding this way and that it drives me nuts. And I just want to walk up to them, tell them to stop, suggest they try to run using some of the principles I've learned over the last few years, and watch them marvel at how much more efficiently they run and how much stronger they feel doing it.
And that's where the problems start. For one thing, this goes directly against my libertarian belief that anyone should be able to do whatever they want as long as they're not hurting anyone else. Except for making my eyes hurt watching them, these inefficient runners are only hurting themselves. And, you know, more power to them.
Also, how would I feel if some ordinary looking goof walked up to me and told me how crappy I look while doing something I want to do in my own way? Pretty offended, probably. And I wouldn't be too keen on heeding the advice of any old idiot who told me how much energy I'm wasting and suggest to me why I look like a gorilla when I run and what I can do to look better in his eyes.
And yet, I'm starting to feel more and more compelled to at least try to suggest to someone how he or she can run just a little more efficiently. I believe one of two things will happen: either that person will take my "coaching" to heart, discover I was correct, and shower me with praise and presents for eternity, or I'll get smacked with a powerful right hand and my "protege" will bolt away looking for law enforcement.
If I ever do finally stop someone and ask them to let me share some of my "expertise" with them, I'll be sure to come back here and post a picture of that person's hand print on the side of my face. I'm sure it'll leave a doozy of a mark.