I am in a good mood about my running recently. I am starting to reduce my miles in order to try to run a good race in Albany, Georgia in 2 1/2 weeks. Yesterday was a nice 5 miler that was sort of a Tempo run. I did not intend to run that fast, but I felt good so I averaged 7:48 pace. Today was a nice run of about 4.5 miles at somewhere near 8:25 pace. Both runs were by myself but I am OK with that.
How abut running with others? Do you have some running buddies that you run with? If you read my posts, you know I have a few friends I run with from time to time. I think it DEFINITELY helps you get better if you can train with someone else. But as I was talking to Paul today, he brought up something that i thought I would write about. Annoying things your running friends do.
We were talking about the Albany Marathon we are planning on running and I told him they have pace groups and he may want to join one. He said he would like to run with a group but often the other in the group are annoying with all the chatting they do. So this is something that annoys Paul, too much chatter during races. So here are a few things that annoy me whether I am on a run with a friend or in a race.
1. People who start a race in the front that are either slow runners or walkers. They just get in the way.
2. In the same breath are walkers or slow runners who run 3 or 4 abreast in a race just chatting away not caring how difficult it is to get past them (when they started up front). I find this to be too often the "Purple People" in races. I have no problem with the cause of the Purple People and I appreciate all they do for charity, I just with their "coaches" would teach them all runner etiquette before races.
3. I run often with faster runners and I like this. It makes me elevate my own training. But on an easy run, a pet peeve of mine is when a friend runs 1 to 2 steps ahead of me the entire run. Just run next to me for crying out loud. And when I pick up the pace to get even, they regain that 1 to 2 steps. aaaarrrrgggghhhh!!!!
4. And finally, this is something one of my friend I used to run with would do. We would be running on a busy road and he would run just inside the white line. I try to tell him to run on the gravel when a car comes but he just responds with "I have a right to be here" or "If I get hit, it would be their fault". Yes, you are correct, it would be their fault, absolutely, but you are still dead.
Like I started this post, I am in a good running mood so this post does not reflect how I feel about running today. It just seemed like something to write about, that is all. So, what are you running pet peeves? I would love to hear them!