I’m not Pollyanna, I freely admit that. I do try to give people the benefit of the doubt. I still seem to manage to collect a lot of things to get peeved about though.
Running out of ________ at the finish
There is nothing worse than giving a race your all, only to find volunteers breaking down the finish line before you’ve even crossed it. No food to replenish those calories you’ve burned.
Worst one ever: no medal! I don’t run for bling, but seriously, I earned that medal and I want it! Think it doesn’t happen? It sure does.
If there’s a time limit on a race and you don’t meet it, then it’s at least understandable. RDs have to pay to have roads open, cops available, and so forth.There are a lot of races with time limits that will still hold open that finish line, though.
These things happen even when runners come in within a time limit, and that is just inexcusable.
Apparently a lot of runners complained about the clam chowder at the end of the Surftown Half recently, which was run on a warm day.
I can tell you from personal experience on a raw, cold, very nasty day, clam chowder after a half is the best thing ever. I can see how it might not seem appetizing if it’s a warm day.
ZOOM Annapolis had things like chicken salad in the lunch box they gave you at the finish. Talk about warm days! It was not at all appealing to me.
Not enough portapotties
I don’t know what the equation is for portapotties, but oftentimes it seems broken. I almost always have to use one before a race. Some races are point to point, down a mountain, and the only way to get to the start is to be bussed.
Sometimes those buses get there really close to start time, and this is totally out of your control. Sure, most races are chip timed, so you can start whenever, but seriously, don’t you want to start when everyone else does?
I have definitely had races where I almost missed the start due to those sorts of circumstances, something I could not change. It was not a relaxed feeling. In one race, the RD actually encouraged runners to just go in the bushes. Thanks, but no thanks (same race they ran out of medals even though I wasn’t even BOTP).
Small wonder that race company is no longer in business.
Keeping with the potty theme . . .
I swear there is nothing worse than having real bathrooms right there — but not available for the runners to use. It just seems cruel.
And speaking of pet peeves
As much as I love my dogs, I’m beginning to think that races just aren’t the place for them. Even low key races.
I have been almost stepped on by dogs in races. I’ve had dogs suddenly swerve out in front of me. I’ve had dogs prevent me from being able to pass another runner. I’ve had dogs almost jump on me during a race.
Seriously, dogs in races are an accident waiting to happen, unless they’re service dogs.
What was the best post race food you ever had?
What was the worst post race food you ever had?
What peeves you — in running, or in life in general?
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