Running Pet Peeve

In no way do I consider myself a runner.

However, I do feel I am now qualified to comment on something runners often do.

When having to wait at a stoplight, runners often jog in place.


Is it to impress us?

Listen, we’re already impressed you’re running. No need to go for bonus points.

I hate to break this to you but we are talking about you as we sit in our car.

We are thinking:

                  1. “Thank god that’s not me out there.”

                  2. “Nice running belt. Do you really need 17 bottles of hydration. Ya big geek.”

                  3. “You know she wants to stop. Why doesn’t she just stop?”

When I was running I was thinking, “I’m just going to stand here. No need to torture these innocent people sitting at a red light. All the jiggling and wiggling of my lower half can at least wait to be seen until they are moving at a higher rate of speed. No need to prolong their torture.”

So really. Take a break and just enjoy a little rest until your green light.

At least that way we won’t be talking about you running in place.

Your running belt though is still fair game.

6 thoughts on “Running Pet Peeve

  1. I am right there with you…when they are jogging in place they gaze at you and make you feel guilty if you have the right of way….subtle mind tricks….but I’m on to y’all.

  2. My running pet peeve is still that before races, runners will “warm-up” doing several sprinting runs or just a few “miles” to get them going. I mean, really!? Do you not think somewhere along the first couple of miles of a 13 mile run you will warm up!?

  3. Just the fact that anyone would choose to run, is beyond me. I still don’t see how it’s fun…especially in the crazy icy, snowy weather we’re having in Seattle. I guess it might be different in Texas, but still?!? The stoplight running doesn’t bother me, the 17 bottles of water however, cracks me up!

  4. This made me laugh so hard because I think the same thing. And the few times I actually do go running, I pray for thanks when I get to a red light intersection so I can STOP moving. I’m the one leaned over with her hands on her knees gasping for air reminding those in their cars why they DON’T do this.

  5. Hahaha!!! Yes!! I have to say, I do the junior-high-dance-side-step when I have to wait for traffic. My entire reasoning for this is I’m convinced if I stop moving completely I won’t get mymles moving again. And I’m totally not a “real” runner, either. lol

  6. I mostly just run on the treadmill so this so does NOT pertain to me. 😉 But I do think most jog in place so they just don’t lose their momentum. But you’re right – it does look pretty funny!

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