Things That (As A Runner) I Can’t Stand!

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As a runner, there are certain things that really piss me off!

I am sure most people don’t understand, but maybe you (being a fellow runner) will agree with me…

1. When some moron sprints ahead and then stops in front of me in the middle of a race.

Pull your head out of your ass, man! I mean come on! It’s called peripheral vision, use it and check out your surroundings before you come to a complete freakin’ stop. I understand that you are tired, but really?

2. When someone calls me a”jogger.”

Oh hell no! Don’t even think about this one- otherwise prepare to get yelled at. I am A RUNNER, not a jogger. No, no, no, no, no… a million times no.

3. When a car that honks at me.

Β To a me, the car honk says, “Get out of the way!” And when that honk comes when I’m tired in the middle of a run- watch out because here comes my middle finger!

4. When animals scare me midway through my run.

Holy heart attack, Batman! I’m in the zone and have settled into my run when a dog jumps out and starts barking. This surprise sends my heart rate skyrocketing and my nun chuck skills immediately go into overdrive. Don’t mess with me, dog!

5. When my GPS watch dies in the middle of a race.

This is one has happened, and I can’t tell you how pissed I was (circa The SF Half in 2012).Β  Even worse, it TOTALLY threw off the graphs and charts in my training log. Oh the horror!

6. When my runs are ALWAYS windy.

Ever spent the majority of your day being excited that it might actually NOT be windy during your evening run… and then walk outside just as the wind picks up? Story of my life.

7. When I forget to pack my running shoes in my gym bag.

Talk about frustrating. I mean really… I can’t exactly run without my running shoes, can I?!? No, no, I can’t.

Did I forget anything?


I must note: I am not nearly as angry in real life as this blog post lets on…

But these 7 things sure are annoying, aren’t they?!?!?


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45 thoughts on “Things That (As A Runner) I Can’t Stand!

  1. Andrew (FitRegularGuy) says:

    I don’t really care about the runner/jogger thing — it’s semantics.

    I run with my dog. Barking dogs in fenced yards are fine. Loose dogs, not cool. But remember, it’s not the dog’s fault.

    Any decent race should have enough timing clocks that you don’t need a GPS watch. I’ve gotten a lot better at pacing since I stopped having something electronic tell me how fast I’m running.

    My racing pet peeves are usually about the race organization and not the other runners. Most common complaint: bad course layout. I especially hate combined races (like a 5k and 10k) with a merged course, where the fast runners in the longer race have to work their way around the slowpokes in the shorter race.


  2. EmmaJCarson says:

    Car honks and dogs do really piss me off too. I’m glad I’m not alone! A volley of barking which shatters my nerves when I’ve merely had the audacity to run past the animal’s gate really gets me so my usual remedy for dogs-who-think-I’m-a-burglar is to squirt them hard with my water bottle – and normally there’s not a repeat performance. As for car horns – yours is not the only middle finger that goes up! Thanks for sharing.


  3. wwwpalfitness says:

    I’ve had most of these happen except to have someone call me a jogger. Someone in big meets with media coverage that are used to getting seen in front and are called rabbits, get used to it even in shorter or smaller races. If a car is a douche I give them more than my middle finger. i hate it more that my trainers are to become racers but mid race say whoa i did not get on board to run over a certain pace and it tells me to speed up. πŸ™‚


  4. Chris says:

    For me it’s walkers who start at the front of the race. It’s already crowded and difficult enough trying to find room to run. Now I have to dodge you? Arrrrgggghhhh

    I usually don’t run into dogs (pun intended). Its something with more legs. One time I was running a paved trail through the woods real early in the morning just before sunrise so there’s a soft light everywhere. I’m in a groove and cruising when I notice just a few feet in front of my face is a big hairy spider camping on his huge web that he’s strung across the entire width of the trail. I full stopped with a foot to spare and my heart & mind freaking out as I carefully walked around and under it. Took a mile to calm back down. The worse part is I can never tell my wife because she would never…. I mean never run those trails again. πŸ™‚


  5. ksquared says:

    I hate when someone tries to “race” me during an easy run. You know those people who you try to pass and they don’t like that so they speed up? Don’t tempt me to run faster when I should be recovering!!


  6. crazyphatmommy says:

    Haha, these are great! #1 is awful. Had a guy stop dead in his tracks and almost hit the pavement trying to avoid him. As for the jogging, well that never bothers be because I’m a very slow runner and essentially I am jogging.


  7. Karen says:

    I had a dog jump out at me the other day and I practically pooped my pants. I love dogs, but I had no idea if this one was going to lick my salty leg or try to eat it. It took a while for my heart rate to come back down.
    I have lots of pet peeves – bikes sneaking up to pass me and scaring me. Other runners who don’t wave. Cars that drive too close to the lane I’m running in. Looking forward to having a sip of water at the water fountain 3 miles in, only to realize the fountain is dry. Packing up my running bag then realizing I forgot something (charging my phone, earbuds, socks). I guess I could go on and on…


      • Bernard Shuford says:

        I’ve started “working out” so many times and fallen off the wagon that I just about don’t have the energy to even try again, because I hate the feeling of failure so much, and my body just won’t cooperate with me. No matter what I “start”, 6-8 weeks later, I simply cannot physically recover from workouts and I crash. It’s extremely, extremely frustrating to start an exercise “regimen” and actually wind up feeling worse, more tired, and hurting all the time. Now, at 48, it’s just very, very difficult to try one more time. I KNOW I need to, I KNOW it’s important, and I know I need to do it for my family and for my kids. But I’m tired as heck already, and it’s a very hard hurdle to get over it. But thanks for the encouragement.


  8. Patricia says:

    The Dogs and The Wind. Both plentiful in Oklahoma. But the dogs are worse. I’ve had to become a yard ninja, dodging those suckers, ducking behind cars and trees.


  9. The Runnin' Major says:

    All of these, but mostly #6, which I substitute hills for wind. My area is all rolling hills, with no flats that go for longer than a half mile. That’s crap when you’re rehabbing an Achilles.

    Also, I tend to cut the “jogger” folks some slack. My experience is that most of them tend to be oldsters, and that’s just how they refer to any run that’s not a sprint.


    • RatherBeRunnin' says:

      I have (don’t tell anyone) pushed someone before who wouldn’t get out of my way… they might have been a dumb 12 year old boy… but I did it and kept on running. Don’t get in my way!~ πŸ™‚


  10. TaleOfTwoRuns says:

    BIKES! When I run in London i have to be on the side of a bike route half the time since there is no pavement 😦 Most of the cyclists are nice but some are very awful and feels like they wanna run me over….


  11. 50in50marathonquest says:

    Number 1 – one time during RnR Seattle half a couple ran by me and then stopped so the guy could take a picture of the girl posing in the middle of the course right in my path…seriously – it ended well though as he got a great shot of me πŸ™‚ And, number 5…the horror of realizing you forgot to charge garmin the night before long run Sunday, or worse, you run a signature race in a big city, say Chicago, and realize GPS simply doesn’t work! Great post!!


  12. Ben says:

    Number one is a constant hazard, but looking on the bright side, it is agility training.
    I don’t care about being called a jogger, but I don’t run as far, or probably as fast as you. My GPS watch gave up the ghost, so now the annoyance is having to fuss with my phone if I want to track my distance and time.
    The thing that annoys me is when I pack my running shoes when going on a work trip and then can’t get out and run — either because of weather, too many meetings, or bad travel schedule.


  13. diawalker says:

    All of the above…except #1 which I totally did at the Disney half when I caught a cramp in both legs and literally had no muscle control to lift my legs…all I could was stop and bend over double. Fortunately I was near the side of the road, but I know it probably upset folks immediately behind me. So sorry πŸ™‚

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