Sunday, October 30, 2011
Monster Dash and Airing my Grievances
THEN...I looked at my bib. It said I was 38 years old! The nerve! I am not 38 years old. Yet. I still have 2 months thankyouverymuch. (It probably was a typo caused by me, but it adds to my race annoyance and I will blame them, ha!)
My mood continued to take a nose dive along the course when people hit me with their strollers, I tripped over dogs, and I got poked in the eye with fairy wings. I especially enjoyed getting stuck behind a group of moms that ran 3 across with their strollers. They walked oblivious to people trying to get around them on the narrow street. People let their dogs run on a long leash in tight crowds of people causing tripping and tangling. Then these same people would be horrified when their pooches would get stepped on from people running. And seriously, there is none of this "on your left" business when there are shoulder to shoulder people and you are trying to pass with a double jogging stroller. What set me off was some chick was running with a stroller, and hit me with it while she was trying to maneuver through a congested part of the course....her passenger was a dog. That is when I decided was done. Evidently the strollers and dog lovers didn't read the memo about starting at the back of the back. I started walking and actually picked up a call on my cell phone during the race (can't beat 'em, join 'em....at least I looked before I stopped and moved all the way over). I finished my conversation and ran it in. I finished in about 40 minutes.
I was in such a pissy mood that I found no humor in the very creative costumes and ignored the fact that it was a PERFECT day weather wise. I am not a running snob by any stretch of the imagination and I love that there are tons of people that are running, but the lack of running etiquette drives me mad! To me running etiquette is as simple as common sense and a little respect for others. After this experience, I will not be so eager to sign up for races because lately they are not as fun as they used to be....especially with how spendy the race fees are getting.
What are you race pet peeves???