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6 Types of People Who Are Ruining My Run!

Posted by on Sep. 23, 2014 at 9:03 AM
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6 Types of People Who Are Ruining My Run!

by Amy Kuras

runningRunning has lots of advantages; you can do it anywhere, there's tons of free running help available online (and running clubs everywhere), and it's cheap. Even really good running shoes won't set you back too much more than $100, and while race fees add up, you don't have to be competing to get a great workout and have fun running.

In the tough economy, more and more people are turning to running as a way to work out without racking up gym fees. It's truly the most democratic activity out there; anyone who wants to log the miles will see improvement fast, and running is addictive. But as a super-lame runner myself ... my best race pace ever was a blazing (not) 12-minute mile ... I still think there are six types of people who just shouldn't be running.

The Sisyphus: They're working so hard, but just don't seem to be getting anywhere. They barely lift their feet off the ground and shuffle along so very slowly. I say, stick to walking until you can step it up a bit and save the pounding on your joints.

The douchebag: Dude, I know I'm fat and slow and you have 5 percent body fat and can run a 5K in the time it takes me to chug along one mile. No need to be a jerk ... just call out "On your left" and GO AROUND ME. I'm never going to take your spot at Boston so settle down, okay?

The groaner: This is the same guy that can't lift so much as a towel at the gym without unleashing a cascade of grunts and yells. It's annoying at the gym and just plain alarming to hear it while running. Shut. It.

Mr. "Training? What Training?": They throw on whatever old workout shoes they have (often a relic from college) and go hard for five miles after not exercising for six months ... and then can't walk for three days because they're so sore. Starting slow might not be as much fun, but you'll be able to actually go out running the next day, and the next.

The gym bunny: One of the nice things about running is it tends to draw the people who are serious about exercise, versus the swinging singles there to make a love connection. But every now and then one of them finds her way out to the roads, and inevitably runs the whole width of the path three or four abreast with her girlfriends and/or drooling guys checking out the supportiveness of her sports bra, chatting away and completely oblivious to the infuriated pack behind her needing to get around.

The high-maintenance: These people don't just have their family or friends with them to do a race: They bring their running coach, and their personal trainer, and their life coach, and their nutritionist, and their hydration coach, and their musical advisor ... and we're not talking Olympic-level elites here, we're talking people who might just expect to place in their age group, maybe, if they have a great running day.

Are you a runner?

What are your pet peeves?

by on Sep. 23, 2014 at 9:03 AM
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JerseyAirGurl
by *Ada* on Sep. 23, 2014 at 9:26 AM
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When I run... I focus on my breathing, the scenery, music, not dying... The basics. I do the universal head nod and smile to fellow runners but I don't have time to focus on them or judge.
aidensmomma508
by Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 10:35 AM

I haven't been able to run long like a few minutes at a time 

Djinn83
by Bronze Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 10:42 AM
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I find this article to be very sanctimonious. If you are so annoyed, buy a treadmill. These types of judgements are exactly why people don't want to go to the gym or run outside when they first start their fitness program. How about you stop paying attention to other people and just focus on YOURSELF?

verdeazul
by on Sep. 23, 2014 at 10:49 AM
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hehe, I did enjoy this...I didn't think it sactimonious at all!   This is why I like to do my running outside.  If I go to the gym I use the elliptical.  Running takes too much concentration, I need my music and fresh air to put me in a state.  That being said my biggest pet peeve is my dog.  He poops waaaay to much!  Why not just one big dump instead of 3 times a run?  I swear he spreads it out just to annoy me....eye rolling

Mena929
by on Sep. 23, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Runner here!!! I completely agree with JerseyAirGurl!

Quoting JerseyAirGurl: When I run... I focus on my breathing, the scenery, music, not dying... The basics. I do the universal head nod and smile to fellow runners but I don't have time to focus on them or judge.


othermom
by Silver Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 10:51 AM

No I am not a runner

MzKhan86
by on Sep. 23, 2014 at 11:54 AM
I'm not..as a baby I had to get my ankles broken and put in casts.I wear told I would never me able to wear heels but I do. Sometimes when I run my ankles cramp up. Since I've gotten so fit I feel like air. I would love to try but I don't have time. I think I'll be able to now.
ccandjoey0224
by Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:17 PM
I love running. I hate people who walk with unleashed dogs, people who act like they're so cool because they're using running tech stuff, and the men who try to whistle, yell, blow kisses, act like complete douches and try to stop me in my run to flirt or whatever. Seriously, that last one is my biggest pieve.
ccandjoey0224
by Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:19 PM
It is because of these people I have a treadmill with incline in my living room. Can't get bothered by strangers, chased by dogs or have to dodge cars. I spent 430$....problems solved

Quoting ccandjoey0224: I love running. I hate people who walk with unleashed dogs, people who act like they're so cool because they're using running tech stuff, and the men who try to whistle, yell, blow kisses, act like complete douches and try to stop me in my run to flirt or whatever. Seriously, that last one is my biggest pieve.
Cherie74
by Member on Sep. 24, 2014 at 12:17 PM

I live in a small town...I don't encounter a whole lot of other runners when I'm out. Yet even in a small town, there are douchebags. Guys who stare, slow way down in their car to look, lean OVER THEIR WIVES to look, yell things (that I make sure I don't hear with my music on)...that is by far the most annoying thing I encounter. As for other people out exercising...the only thing that makes me laugh is these women who get all decked out in their Under Armour and then they STROLL with their friends, yapping incessantly. If that's your friend time, fine, but I hope you don't call that a work out, lol!

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