10 Pet Peeves about Running

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running wisdomIf you read my last article, 10 Reasons why Running is the Best, you may at this point be very confused. How could I do such a “flip-flop” in one week? Well, I am not being fickle, I do and will always love running, but lets all face it, there are some things about running that do “suck”. Here is my list. What have you got to add?

1. Heat. I find it very difficult running in hot conditions. My heart rate skyrockets, I get sweat gets in my eyes, and every step is so laborious I feel like I a brand new runner to the sport.
2. Frozen eyelashes. If you live in a cold climate like I do and you sweat and breathe a lot while you run like I do, your eyelashes will sometimes stick together and make it difficult to open your eyes. Blind running is a challenge!
3. Blisters. No one likes blisters. Blisters are one of those annoying things that sooner or later, no matter how much we try to prevent them, we all get.
4. The unknown. I never know before I go out if I am going to have a good run or not. I also don’t know how much my knee is going to hurt, how much my lungs are going to hurt, or if today is the day I will sustain an injury.
5. Ice. Again, this is another winter one. It is very scary running on ice. Every winter runner has fears of slipping and falling on ice cracking a tailbone or breaking a wrist.
6. Chafing. When I watch any wilderness show on television and I see them rubbing two sticks together to start a fire, I think of one thing – my thighs chafing.
7. Stingin’ rain and wind. It is really frustrating running against a strong wind with cold rain beating relentlessly against your forehead.
8. Traffic. Sometimes cars are unavoidable on a run. When I go on a run I sometimes encounter the drivers who are not looking where they are going or the ones who hate pedestrians and would love to score some points.
9. Getting a PW. Now this hasn’t happened to me, of course, but it has happened to a friend of mine. He ran a 3:39 marathon, and then one year later he ran a 4:33 marathon – his “personal worst.” Now, I don’t care who you are, that is a hard pill to swallow!
10. Injuries – We are all prone to injuries and as a runner we know they are part of the “game.” If you belong to a large running community you are constantly hearing about all of the injuries and it always makes me think a) I am glad I am not him/her b) I hope I am not next c) I know exactly how he /she feels.

  1. Blaine Moore (Run to Win) on September 27th at 10:56 am

    Oh, running blind isn’t so bad. Every now and again I will close my eyes for a little while on the run just for the hell of it. Granted, I have a lot of experience getting around without being able to see (I used to have a migraine problem and even went blind for 2 weeks once) so running is just moving quicker while getting around, but if you are careful it can be done. Note that I never advocate doing that where there is any motor traffic and recommend against pedestrian or other traffic.

    As for running on ice, get some stabilicers; they make a huge difference. If you have never gone running on a frozen lake then you are missing out. I get out at least twice a year for lake runs. Note that frozen lakes can be a great place to practice running with your eyes closed; just watch out for ice fishing traps.

    I agree with traffic. Having been hit by a car before, I prefer to avoid that in the future. It is one of the main reasons I don’t wear headphones when I run. (Note that neither headphones nor running blind had anything to do with my being hit by a car)

    I love the unknown. It is when every run is exactly the same that you get bored.

  2. Linda on September 27th at 12:41 pm

    Snakes on the trail, that’s my biggest pet peeve. They make my heartrate go through the roof.

  3. Jeanne on September 27th at 4:34 pm

    You. Would. Die. In. D.C. And I would die up there in the frozen beyond.

  4. Aaron on September 27th at 5:39 pm

    Why Jeanne, do you have lots of snakes in D.C.?

  5. Kathleen on September 27th at 7:04 pm

    What a releif to see someone state “the unknown” tied to running. I headed out two weeks ago to do a 16 miler in training for a fall marathon. I couldn’t make it past 10 miles and had to keep walking. I finally called it quits at mile 12. I wasn’t in pain but I just couldn’t seem to find the energy or enthusiasm to put one foot in front of the other. Believe me, it wasn’t due to “over-training”. And to think my 14 miler the previous week was strong and fast. No reason why the 16 miler didn’t work out… just the unknown. The worst is mentally how it can beat you up.

  6. Danielle in Iowa on September 27th at 9:07 pm

    I think the employees at Marathon Sports in Wellesly MA must be geniuses – for the last 2+ years, whatever shoes they fit me in (three different brands!) have not once caused a single blister (or even a black toenail). Feel free to hate me.

    Also, I am a fan of Yak Trakkers for icy runs, although I am still not sure I would do a run longer than 10 miles in them…