I concur, people who do that in general. It just amazes me...I understand if you didn't see me, but when it's bright outside and I stand out (which I always do), it's just annoying.
my new one from today - parents who think a running / bike path is the approprite place to teach a small child who is wobbling and veering all over the place to ride a bike -
Actually parents of small children in general who think every public place is an appropriate playground .. bike and running paths are NOT good places for a 2 year a old
But as someone pointed out we should be happy we can run so I`ll list my anti peeves - things that make me smile when I`m running
The brown pit bull who always has a 3 ft stick in his mouth or his insanly long tounge hanging out
The 3 of 4 people I see who are quite over weight but are doing their slow job or run/walks on the weekend and are getting healthier - I know how hard it is to start up
The 2 old guys I see walking on the weekend - O hope I stay in that good a shape in my old age
The guys who fish off the east river all day Saturday - if I do a long run I pass then at least 6 times - the never yell anything rude - they are just guys hanging doing their thing
The people who run a coaching session for yound kids ont he weekend
These all far outweight the stupis parent !
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1. Drivers not being courtious ... i.e. coming strait at you and not even attempting to go around
2. Traffic not granting runners the right of way i.e. having to stop at intersections
3. DOGS chasing after me
4. Ipod earbuds not staying in my ears
5. Shoe laces coming untied or clothing malfunctions
7. Cold weather...snow...raw and rainy and being forced to run on the treadmill ughhhh
8. Daylight Savings time
....yes i know...most of the stuff I have no control over lol
I don't know what's worse: Rollerbladers (who take up three lanes), or other runners who, coming toward you, do not understand that they should pass on your left side (stay to their right). Pedestrians, automotive vehicles and bicycles pass on the left. I can't understand why it seems like a new idea to some runners that maybe they should do the same. Maybe they are just day-dreaming?
3. The competitive runners that finish the race and then turn and run back up the course in reverse to let everyone else know how far ahead of you they finished and that they are now 2 miles into their training run because the race wasn't long/intense enough for them. I may just be ignorant and this is something that elite/competitive runners are supposed to do or something, but it drives me nuts. It probably bothers me so much because I am just jealous. ;-p
I totally agree with you on that one. Now I can be just as smug as the next runner (let's be honest, ALL runners are smug to a certain extent. Just saying...) But to totally show off by running back the race course is just plain arrogant. I saw that yesterday in the race I was running and ya know what...I'm not impressed! Run your race, post your winning time, and then stand back and cheer for the other runners coming in. If you really feel like this race wasn't challenging enough for you and you need to run the course again, then run it back around BEHIND the other runners - unless of course you have something to prove by rubbing everyone's noses in it.
I just want you to know that as a fellow bicyclist, Ellsbird, I understand what you are going through. When I am running and I see a bicyclist approaching me, I jump up onto the curb or grass strip. It is the only courteous and safe thing to do. Also, it improves my reflexes and timing. If there is no place to jump up onto, I look behind me and then dart to the opposite side of the street.., and then back. No problem.
From reading these posts it looks like most of you run along the road (on sidewalks, I presume.) I guess I'm the lucky one because cars have never been an issue for me. I run on park trails away from traffic. Now keep in mind that I have to get in my car and drive 15 minutes to the trail areas, but it is totally worth it to be able to run in safe, peaceful surroundings. Now I understand those of you who don't have parks with trails in your vicinity and therefore you have to run on the roads. But what I have NEVER understood is all the people I see running along the road just a mile or two from the park. I'm like why, oh why, would anyone rather run on the road when they could be running on these beautiful park trails? That's not even to mention that the cinder paths are much easier on your legs than concrete sidewalks. I just can't figure that out!!!
Loose or unleashed dogs are about the only problem I've had running. The last dog attack I had caused a broken left wrist. I won the fight but at a terrible cost.
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Wow. Thanks for the heads up. I've only been running a year and a half, and I must have been a bit naive about dogs. I guess I've just been lucky. I have one of these: http://www.ecost.com/detail.aspx?edp=42858208&source=ecostdeal&cm_mmc=CSE-_-Shopping.com-_-ecostdeal-_-Sports and I think I'll start bringing it along. It has a clip to go on the top of your shorts.
Ok, found another pet peeve... yesterday during the Turkey Trot, people decided at just before the 2 mile mark, there was a turn around.. everyone in front of me decided to walk around the turn around, thus slowing everyone else down . Plus people that walked in the middle of the road, so you had to dodge around them.. instead of them walking to one side of the road or another.
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