Here are mine:
On daily runs:
1. Runners who look you in the eye as you cross paths, but don't return your friendly wave.
2. Coming across piles of dog poop. Also: unleashed dogs.
3. When running against traffic on asphalt in residential neighborhoods, cars that make no effort to give you some extra room as they speed by.
4. When you can't pick up a signal from the satellite with your Garmin, and you're pressed for time as it is (or the group is about to head out).
5. Cyclists that whoosh past you on the Greenway like bats out of hell without so much as an "On the left!"
1. When you're 10 miles into a half-marathon and some joker yells, "Looking good, you're halfway there!" Or: When you're 2 miles into a half-marathon and some joker yells, "Looking good, you're in the homestretch!"
2. People at larger races who line up near the front, then jam things up in the first quarter-mile of the course by walking or running very slowly. Worse: Slow runners who line up near the front, then saunter along with one or more companions, side-by-side, three across. Usually chatting loudly about something stupid.
3. Looooooooooooooong lines for a porta-potty. Also: Line chaos (i.e. when there are multiple lines for multiple stalls, and there's no rhyme or reason to who grabs the next free one).
4. Grunters. I know some of them can't help it, but the noise can really take you out of your own rhythm.
5. Spitters. Snot-rocketers, too. If you've gotta do it, make sure it lands off the road, and that I don't get hit by any spray whatsoever.
Want to back me up on any of these? Or offer your own? Fire away.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
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