Runner's Rant: Three Things That Make My Road Runs Really Annoying

Runner's Rant: Three Things That Make My Road Runs Really Annoying

As a seasoned runner, there are few little irritations that seem to plague not only me, but others who love our sport. So, I figured it's a good time for a rant.

Whether you're a casual jogger or a hardcore marathoner, you've likely encountered your fair share of annoyances on the run. Here are a few of the most common:

  1. Uneven Sidewalks and Potholes: There's nothing worse than hitting your stride, only to be halted by an uneven sidewalk or a sneaky pothole lying in wait. It's like nature's cruel joke, testing our agility and balance at the most inconvenient times. Dodging obstacles shouldn't be part of the workout, yet here we are, playing a real-life game of hopscotch just to keep our ankles intact. If I wanted to run around holes and boulders, I'd be a trail runner.

  2. Dog Owners Who Don't Leash Their Pets: I love dogs, but when their owners let them roam free on the running path without a leash, it's a recipe for disaster. Nothing breaks your stride like an 80 pound ball of muscle, fur, and slobber darting across your path, forcing you to swerve and zigzag. Please, please... keep Fido on a leash so we can all enjoy our runs without ripping an Achilles.

  3. Tech Malfunctions:  From GPS glitches to dead batteries, it seems like there's always something conspiring against us in the world of running gadgets. Nothing throws off your training groove like realizing halfway through your run that your fancy watch has decided to take an unscheduled nap. Maybe it's time to go back to the good old days of running with just a stopwatch and a map.

Running may be one of the most liberating and rewarding forms of exercise, but it's not without its fair share of annoyances. But hey, it's all part of the journey, right? So the next time you find yourself cursing at a pothole or dodging a rogue dog, just remember that it's all part of what makes us runners. Embrace the annoyances, conquer the challenges and remember to vent as needed.


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