Sometimes conversations with my twin sister generates lots of good material for my posts. Tonight, Julie and I were discussing our biggest running pet peeves. I’ve compiled a list for your entertainment. Here are our biggest pet peeves.
Pet Peeve #1. People who don’t shovel the sidewalks
At least in the city I live in, it’s the home owner’s responsibility to shovel the sidewalks that are along their property. It’s a by-law that is poorly enforced or difficult to enforce and not everyone will abide to it. It’s not only dangerous for pedestrians and runners to talk on snow-covered, potentially icy surfaces, it causes runners, walkers and even people in wheel chairs to have to walk in the road. Be a good neighbour and shovel your sidewalk!
Pet Peeve #2. Cyclists on the sidewalk
I don’t like sidewalk hoggers (you know, the ones who walk side by side and don’t more for anybody) but even worse are the cyclist who drive on sidewalks who seem to be playing a game of chicken with you, hoping you’ll dart out-of-the-way so they don’t have to drive on grass or even worse, the road. It doesn’t happen often, but it has happened. I usually stand my ground and make them drive around me, it’s just the principle of the thing!
Pet Peeve #3. The naturals
Urgh, the naturals! You know who they are; the ones who run like two times and they are already faster and can longer distances than you, while you’ve worked hard for 2 or 3 years! It’s just so unfair!
Pet Peeve #4. Runners who look good running
My next pet peeve is about “those girls”, the ones with the super cute with well put together running outfits that are completely colour coordinated that look beautiful while running! They probably don’t sweat either… Grrr!
Pet Peeve #5. SEE-THROUGH LEGGINGS
Ok, so I capitalized SEE-THROUGH LEGGINGS because this on is just terrible. I’m not talking about the ones that have a bit of see through mesh along the sides, those are cute. I’m talking about the ones who don’t know you can see their under wear through them. It’s just not a good sight. People, friends don’t let friends wear see-through leggings.
Pet Peeve #6. People use marathon as a synonym for race
And finally, my last pet peeves is more for education than anything else. If you race, you’ve probably experienced this. Well meaning people will inter-change the word “race” and “marathon”. For example, they will ask you how your marathon went when it really was a 5 km race. A race and a marathon are NOT the same thing. A marathon is a race that is exactly 42.2 km and takes over 4 hours to run. The longest I’ve ever raced so far is 10 km, and I’m planning on training for my first 1/2 marathon(21.1 km) this summer.
Join the conversation
- What are your running pet peeves
- Have you ever had a run in with a cyclist or pedestrian while running?