Running Pet Peeves

Everyone has those things that annoy them a little bit while you are out running. And I’m no different in that way.

The nice thing about a pet peeve is that it can be anything and doesn’t necessarily have to make sense to other people.

So, at the risk of sounding very nitpicky, here are a few of my running pet peeves:

Not waving to Other Runners

I mentioned this one in a previous post (What I Think About While I’m Running) as being my biggest running pet peeve. It just doesn’t seem like it should be that hard to do. It’s not like we are talking about stopping and having a conversation.

Maybe it’s just the people in my neighborhood or maybe it’s just me, but I’m still going to wave or nod or say hello to everyone that I see out on my runs and if I see you out there then I hope you do the same.

Cars in crosswalks

Obviously, this one is more of an issue for road runner, but it seems like every day on my run a car rolls through a crosswalk, past a stop sign or too far up at a traffic light just as I am coming to that intersection to cross. Most of the time the car has to stop for other cars coming, which means that I either have to stop completely or run around the back side of the car to avoid running into the side of it.

As if on cue, this happened three times on my run the day that I am writing this!

Seriously though, this one can definitely end badly, so I always make sure that I am keeping a look out for cars well before I am getting to any street crossing.

Post-Race Comments

Over the years, this has usually come from co-workers. And it has been different people at different jobs, so I can’t say it is just one person unfortunately! This doesn’t apply to all comments – just the ones that feel like the person doesn’t have the best intentions.

Sometimes, it’s a simple “did you win?”. Other times, it’s “how far was your marathon?”. The worst one might have been when I got 5th in my age group at a half marathon in San Francisco and my co-worker asked if there were only 5 people in my age group.

Look, I know that some of these are well-meaning questions from people just seeing how the race went and I’m okay with those. It’s the other times where I’m not ok with it.

Not Sharing the Sidewalk

When running in the opposite direction on a sidewalk, both runners should be able to comfortably fit on the sidewalk. However, when this involves two or more people running shoulder to shoulder across the sidewalk towards me is when this can be annoying. Especially when the only option for me is to step into the road with cars coming towards me because the people coming towards me aren’t budging.

It’s really just a common courtesy thing and when it can also make it unsafe for someone running in the road, then it can be a little more annoying.

‘Excited’ Dogs

In all fairness, most dogs and their owners in my neighborhood are nice when I pass them during a run and in general they make sure that their dog isn’t barking or trying to jump on me as I run by. But I have had 2 times in the last several months where a dog off it’s leash has come running towards me or after me with the owner nearby. Instead of calling the dog back, one owner said “he’s friendly” and the other owner said “oh, she’s just excited”. Both times, instead of saying what I was thinking, I stopped running while the owner got the dog under control.

And I won’t even go into how annoying it is when dog owners don’t clean up after their dogs in public places!

So there you have it. A few things that annoy me while I’m out running. But I know that there are some other pet peeves that you have.

Let me know about them in the comments!

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7 thoughts on “Running Pet Peeves

  1. Great post! I totally agree about other runners not waving, nodding, or saying hi. I typically run early in the morning when it’s still dark. About two days a week, there are these two guys who run with light up vests and headlamps. I’ve said hi to them several times, but have never heard a response. It annoys the hell out of me. Why are they so rude? Maybe they waved and I just could see it.
    The dog problem has also been an issue with me. My biggest issue is when the owner clearly cannot control his/her dog because it has too much energy and is too big. I never have this problem with my 14 lbs. Yorkie-poo 🙂
    Fortunately I don’t run through many crosswalks or have to share the sidewalk with others, but I could see how that could be a pet peeve.
    Happy running, buddy!

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  2. It’s always nice to meet other runners on the run and say hello to them. I like to train in the park and often cross paths with dogs and their owners, but so far they have not given me any problems during training.


  3. Great post! Other Running Pet Peeves:
    1. Walls of people walking together

    2. Other runners who militantly hold on to their side of the road (they don’t budge!)

    3. Cyclists who don’t use their BELL

    4. Other runners who run behind you, or overtake you just to get on your nerves! Lol

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  4. Similar to “cars in crosswalks” would be cars in driveways that are parked over the sidewalk. You can pull up or you can park on the street, but STOP blocking the sidewalk! I am still annoyed by this, but when I was running and pushing a stroller, I really wasn’t comfortable with the stroller in the street and cars blocking the sidewalk made me want to cry.

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