Running can be fun, relaxing, and enjoyable. But running can also be challenging, difficult, and, at times, annoying. We are talking about running pet peeves in this week’s Tuesdays on the Run linkup. Be sure to check out linkup hosts April at Run the Great Wide Somewhere, Patty at My No-Guilt Life, and Erika at MCM Mama Runs to find out what aggravates them about running and races. I will be reading their blogs to hopefully learn how to make some irritating situations more bearable. The ultimate goal: to have a more enjoyable time doing something that I really love.
So what are my pet peeves? I generally like to focus on the positive. I am a “glass half full” gal. So I am not going to dwell too much on the negative this week. But there are some things I need to get off my chest about running races.
Start on time
I know things happen. And “race director” is not an easy job. But generally, if a race does not start when it is scheduled to begin, it often means it is not well organized. And there may be other disappointments along the course. The longer I have to stand around waiting for a race to start, the more anxious I get. (Especially if it is hot or raining.) On Labor Day I ran the Franklin Classic 5K that actually had a countdown clock at the start line. When the clock hit zero, the race began. Brilliant! (Yes, this was a very well organized race.)
Clear the path
Here is another one. I understand the desire to run races with friends. I am all about the social aspects of running. But, for the sanity and safety of us all, if you are in a group, do not run or walk next to more than one person at a time. You know what I am talking about. Three, four, sometimes five people will run or walk together in a row. Really? How do they think people are going to get around them? Have fun, but be aware of your surroundings. And clear the path!
I am not going to lie. This really annoys me. I get so angry when I see empty gel packets, cups, tissues, etc. along a race course. I know it is sometimes impossible to grab a cup at a water stop, drink it, and toss it into one of the few nearby trash cans. But at least try to toss it in the vicinity. I sometimes see crumpled up cups blocks away, where there are no volunteers. (And can I just say GOD BLESS the volunteers who not only cheer us on, provide us with hydration and nutrition, and clean up our mess!) And just stick your gel or food wrappers in your pocket until the end of the race. There is no need to trash the neighborhood.
I’m going to end it there. Because overall, I really have had great experiences during most races. What annoys you about running? Do you have any pet peeves? Let me know in the comments below.