pet peeves

February 27, 2014 at 4:30 pm 3 comments

while racing last weekend i found myself facing and mentally pointing out major race pet peeves. so for the fun of it i decided to make my top five list.

# 5 ~ race talkers. i don’t mind the occasional word or two but i try to make it nicely clear that i don’t race chat. try to engage me in conversation and i reply with very curt, very short answers. if i can hold a full-fledged conversation when i’m racing then i’m not running as hard as i could be. if you want to talk to your running buddy or stranger you meet on course, have at it, but there is no need to yell so loud that i can still hear you half a mile later. (note: this one does not pertain to ultras where i’m pacing much, much slower.)

#4 ~ wearing perfume/cologne/body spray while running. there comes a point in any hard run where over stimulation of the senses can be physically nauseating. that splash of ax or squirt of chanel no. 5 can come way too close to making me puke.

#3 ~ running with change or keys in your pocket or a comparable nuisance noise. i came upon a girl on sunday wearing what was essentially a belly dancing skirt with little jingly coins all over it. i seriously wanted to bitch slap her. i passed her instead.

#2 ~ stopping to walk in the middle of the course. besides being annoying it’s dangerous. i’ve almost fallen many a time when someone decided to come to a screeching halt directly in front of me. i’m all for the need to walk now and then or for following the galloway method but please move to the side. and if you really want to be nice, lift your hand above your head ~ a recognized runner’s gesture that you are about to stop to walk.

and my all time biggest nuisance …

#1 ~ people who run with music WITHOUT headphones. seriously how cocky do you have to be to think i ~ and thousands of other runners ~ want to listen to your music.

did i miss any?


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. PDX Running Chick  |  February 27, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    The dude (or chick) who spits or blows a snot rocket in the middle of the road. Just like the people who want to walk for a minute these people need to move to the side of the road before expelling their phlegm.

    • 2. becelisa  |  February 27, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      ha! good one. i almost got snotted on sunday. dude didn’t even glance behind him before letting it fly.

  • 3. kitkat1126  |  March 3, 2014 at 9:41 am

    The perfume/cologne one KILLS me. I find it more annoying at the gym but still. I also have encountered someone playing music on their iphone without headphones before (and playing death metal) and luckily I wasn’t around him long but I truly don’t understand that thinking.

    As for the worst of all, I second PDX Running Chick — spitting, snotting, puking, peeing (yup seen that one) — I don’t understand why people can’t take it off road, just a little hidden. GAG.


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