Sometimes conversations with my identical twin sister generate lots of good material for this blog. One evening, Julie and I were discussing our biggest running pet peeves. I’ve compiled our list for your entertainment. Here are our biggest pet peeves.
Pet Peeve #1. People who don’t shovel the sidewalks
It’s winter in Niagara! At least in the city where I live, it’s the home owner’s responsibility to shovel the sidewalks that are along with their property. It’s a by-law (an ordinance in the U.S) that is poorly enforced or difficult to enforce.
It’s not only dangerous for pedestrians and runners to walk on snow-covered, potentially icy surfaces, but it pushes runners, walkers and people in wheelchairs to use the road instead.
Be a good neighbour and shovel your sidewalk!
Pet Peeve #2. Cyclists on the sidewalk
I don’t like sidewalk hoggers, you know, the ones who walk side by side and don’t move for anybody.
But what drives me more crazy are the cyclists who drive on sidewalks who seem to be playing a game of chicken. They hope you’ll dart out-of-the-way so they don’t have to drive on grass or even worse, the road.
It doesn’t happen often, but it has happened. I usually stand my ground and make them drive around me, it’s just the principle of the thing!
Pet Peeve #3. The naturals
Urgh, the naturals! You know who they are; the ones who run like two times and they are already faster and longer than you. Meanwhile, you’ve worked hard for 2 or 3 years! It’s just so unfair!
Pet Peeve #4. Runners who look good running
My next pet peeve is about “those girls”, the ones with the super cute, well put together running outfits that are completely colour coordinated that look beautiful while running! They probably don’t sweat either… Grrr!
Pet Peeve #5. SEE-THROUGH LEGGINGS
Ok, so I capitalized SEE-THROUGH LEGGINGS because this one is just terrible. I’m not talking about the ones that have a bit of see-through mesh along the sides, those are cute. I’m talking about the ones you can see their underwear through them.
Friends don’t let friends wear see-through leggings.
Pet Peeve #6. People use the word marathon as a synonym for race
And finally, my last pet peeve is more for education than anything else. If you race, you’ve probably experienced this. Well-meaning people will interchange the word “race” and “marathon”.
For example, they will ask you how your marathon went when it really was a 5 km race. A race and a marathon are NOT the same things.
A marathon is a race that is exactly 42.2 km and takes over 4 hours to run. The longest I’ve ever raced so far is a half marathon. I don’t think I’ll ever endeavour to run a full.
What are your biggest pet peeves? Let me know in the comments below!
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