Runners are quite unique.
We have our own set of problems.
I’ve known this for awhile but it’s very evident when I try to explain certain running situations to non-runners. Runners would be shaking their head in agreement saying “YES!” but non-runners look at me like I have three heads. “What’s the problem?”
What’s the problem? Let me tell you about my runner problems.
1. My favorite brand and model of running shoe changes. Nothing is worse than finding that your current fav, the one that fits like a glove and has been wonderful, is completely changed for the new version. And the new version fits horrible. I’ve complained about this to non-runners and they were like, “Just buy the cutest pair you can find.” Ummm….no.
2. Paying $15 or more on one pair of running socks. Why do they cost so much?!?!
3. Having to get new running shoes every 300 miles. I say I need new shoes and my husband responds, “Didn’t you just get a new pair?” or “Those still look brand new” or “What about all those shoes in your closet?” That’s when I pull out some quote about research saying that’s what I’m supposed to do if I want to keep running injury free.
4. Obsessed with the weather and how to dress for it on running or race days. I check my weather app more than the average person. Not because I want to know the weather. I just want to know what it will be doing when I am going for a run. And do I need to remind everyone about how we all talked non-stop about the heat and humidity over the summer? Don’t worry. We’ll be talking about how cold it is soon enough.
5. The length of time it takes to pick out the perfect race day outfit. I swear I spend more time on that outfit than the time it took to pick out a wedding dress. There’s just too many factors to consider!
6. Owning more running clothes than regular clothes. Running is life. The rest of it’s just details. But seriously, if I could just wear my running clothes everywhere, that would be great.
7. When you say “Good morning!” to another runner and they don’t even acknowledge you. How hard is it to say “hi”? C’mon, runners! We are supposed to be super friendly.
8. Getting the perfect sunrise running picture. When I run by myself, a lot of the time I choose the route just based on where the sunrise will be or the scenery. Of course, I enjoy it personally but I also want to get a great pic. I’ve received strange looks from non-runners as I prop up my phone and run by it multiple times in hopes of getting the right shot. I’ve been busted by people heading out to grab their morning paper while I’m using their mailbox post to prop my phone up. I’ve been busted by other runners. Am I going to stop taking running pics? Hell no.
Ok, maybe non-blogger runners don’t understand this one either.
9. Wanting to wear compression socks after a long run to recover but it’s 80 degrees and they don’t look right with your cute skirt. Or you consider wearing socks with sandals. It works for old guys, why not?
10. Trying to decide what race will be a goal race and which will be for “fun”. To a non-runner, there is no such thing as running for fun.
10. Not being able to run for any reason. That just sucks.
11. Wanting to run all the miles but knowing that my body needs some cross training to stay injury free. I can’t run every single day. I can’t even run 6 days a week. Thankfully, I like variety and look forward to hitting the gym.
12. So much freakin’ laundry. Especially during the winter months when you need ALL the layers. Add in a husband who works out and two messy kids, you know I’m doing a load of laundry every single day to keep on top of it.
13. When your GPS watch can’t find a signal. One of the most annoying things ever. Aren’t there satellites everywhere now?
14. When your GPS watch and Strava are way off. I had this happen in the Spring with a new watch. I was new to Strava and found that the two weren’t showing the correct data. Thankfully, I figured it out and made the switch back to my old watch. I want correct data!
What are your runner problems?