I recently mentioned that I like waking up earlier in the morning. But my husband almost always beats me to the punch. No matter how early I set an alarm, he finds a way to wake up before me. As competitive as I am, this is one that I am happy to let him win.
One of the benefits of his waking up earlier is that I often have an e-mail or two waiting from him while I drink my morning coffee. He always finds good articles and sometimes they are even funny. Saturday morning I woke up to this in my inbox 8 Ways to Piss Off a Runner. I found it to be pretty amusing so I wanted to share and see what you think tops your list.
A few of these were my favorites and others I thought were a bit rude or were not even relevant at all. I have never yelled “track” to someone while I am on the track. Sure there are definitely things that tick me off on runs but having to yell at someone like that seems a bit too angry New Yorker and not very full of endorphins friendly runner to me.
You know me, I love dogs….as long as I know them and it isn’t a strange one chasing after me. I have heard some serious horror stories from runners about dogs. And the clothes line? I cannot stand and refuse to get Louie one of those retractable leashes. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to maneuver around one of those!
Pre-run Shakedown/Don’t Provoke The Injured
Fortunately I am married to another runner. We wake up, drink our coffee, eat our breakfast and go on our runs either together or separately. We respect each other’s morning routines and stay out of each other’s hair. But put me in a new morning situation when I am away from home and it definitely takes some special patience.
And about being injured…..ask my husband I can turn into a super b#$%@. I have gotten better but when I am injured and can’t get my runs in I am miserable. I feel like I am packing on the pounds and I get restless. See “Cross Training Purgatory.”
Cross Training Purgatory
Like most runners I hate the elliptical and the bike comes in a close second. But when I am injured I will sit it out or swing my legs around just trying to break a sweat. My friend Heather put it perfectly though. No other form of exercise gives you that same burn or similar feeling of satisfaction. I could spend hours on the elliptical and never feel like I came close to a 5 mile run.
I still remember the two months I was mending a bout of plantar fasciitis. In fact the other day we were talking about how great the book “Unbroken” was. I recalled reading it while I cycled for hours at the gym during that frustrating injury.
Ignoring Hunger Priority
OK there is another time that I get b#*@$y. When I am rungry. It is a careful balance that I have not yet perfected. Sometimes when I know there is a big dinner or a splurge coming in the calorie department I will schedule a long run right before. Problem is, I arrive rungry. When I have to wait for food or come to find out there is no food….it gets ugly. I’m sure you understand.
My whole life has been a search for the perfect jeans. I am convinced they do not exist.
What are your thoughts? Since Festivus was just a week ago go ahead and air your running grievances!