Fringe Benefits

So as you may know, I spent the summer becoming a “runner”. All my life I vehemently denied that running could be in any way not evil. It’s just NOT fun. That is, until you’re decent at it, I guess. I wouldn’t say I’m in love with it now. It’s more of a love/ hate type of thing.

ANYWAY, as I’ve gotten more used to the idea of running for fun (my fingers burned a little as I typed that) I’ve become a bit of a snob. That, my friends, is a fringe benefit I was not expecting. I’ve compiled a list of all the annoying things n00bs do on the track that really grind my gears.

1. Walking in the jog or run lanes. This is the biggest one. There is a SIGN that clearly denotes the proper lane for each activity. Yet when people see lanes they immediately think they should take up a whole one while walking with a friend or feel as though they should walk in whatever lane they happen upon first. I don’t want to frighten you, but I’ve given some nasssssssty looks.

2. People like races. It’s just a natural sport. But if you want to race your friend let’s not do it on an oval track with 30 other people. They come up behind you and switch lanes like madmen darting around people. If I can feel the wind from your movement, you got too close.

3.The people that stretch for ten minutes and then run one lap and leave. This one is more amusing than anything, really. My track is 1/8 of a mile. The stretching is really not necessary.

I’m sure there are plenty more but as I don’t generally carry a notepad while running, I tend to forget them.

Anybody have any good pet peeves? If so, please share. I love it.

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3 thoughts on “Fringe Benefits

  1. While I know there is proper running etiquette, I try and not let the things that others do while running bother me, as I just truly enjoy getting outside, and being free to run. My zen moment! 🙂 However I do have one pet peeve, and it pretty much goes to people in general, and that is littering. My park path run is littered with empty gel packages along the way. There are garbage bins on the side of the path. I wish people would use them. Happy ‘frustration free’ Running to you!

  2. Wait — register nine months ahead of time?! What happened to the days when you could sign up for a big city marathon a couple of weeks, even days, before the race? Nowadays, if you want to run a popular (or even semi-popular) race, you basically need to sign up for it way before you have to start training or before you’ll know if you’ll have a major conflict (wedding, work event, etc.) that will prevent you from running it.

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