My Top 10 Runner Problems

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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?”

My Top 10 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 my favorite running socks.

3. Having to get new running shoes every 500 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?”

4. Obsessed with the weather and how to dress for it on running or race days.

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.

7. 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. Ok, maybe non-blogger runners don’t understand this one either.

8. 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 sandals.

9. Trying to decide if I should run two marathons within two months of each other. One would be a goal race and the other would be a fun race. All of my runner friends say I should totally do that. My non-runner friends think I’m crazy for even using the word “fun” and “marathon” in the same sentence.

10. Not being able to run for any reason.

What are your runner problems?

59 comments on “My Top 10 Runner Problems

  1. Ugh, the shoe thing is the worst. I hate when it’s time to buy a new pair. Perhaps I should just buy several pairs of the same shoe at once so I don’t have to worry about them not carrying my preferred style! If only I had some extra $$$ hanging around. And I am laughing inside thinking about you running by your phone over and over trying to capture the shot. lol. What we do for a photo.
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  2. Ha! Love all of these. Race outfits are super important! I mean, you get your photo taken a lot during a race, so we have to look cute, right?!
    I’d say my biggest running problems would be discovering that I chaffed a little once I get in the shower and having some friends and family that don’t get my running. “How long is a marathon?” 😛
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  3. YES!!! This is awesome! My favorite shoe came out with a new version and well….I don’t like any of the colors! Seriously that is my hardest decision!!! Another one…going to bed/not drinking with friends because you have a long run in the morning!

  4. Number 10 kind of tops all! But number two is a pet peeve too! And speaking of the weather: one of many things I love about summer is the freedom of stressing over the weather for running. You just need shorts and a tank and off you go!

  5. Great list Angela!!

    Getting up early to run is not a favorite in my house, especially in the summer. Everyone wants to sleep in!

  6. LOL Also, the COST of good running shoes. With all my leg &feet issues, they can easily set me back a good chunk of change! “GEt the cute ones” just doesn’t work with running shoes!
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  7. OMG yes yes and yes to all of them. I was JUST thinking about the sunrise picture this morning too. I ended up not taking a pic b/c I figured it pretty much looked like the last 3 or 4 I’ve shared. In person they are slightly different thought aren’t they???? Haha. And maybe this is a blogger runner problem, but I struggled with stopping to take a picture of a turtle to share. I was on a roll at that moment so I didn’t. I’m struggling with the shoe change right now. I cannot find the ones I’ve been in love with anywhere in my size now.

  8. All of these points are so true! Ironically, I was wondering who was hiding out in the grass taking that picture of you running… propping up the phone hadn’t occurred to me. Genius, and so worth it! I’ll have to give that a try! :)

  9. I am on #5 right now with a race on Saturday. I finally laid each + took a pic of each option out last night so I can keep reviewing them :) Oh, and the weather obsession….yes!

    1. It’s definitely not an easy pick since there’s the weather factor, comfort and of course cuteness. Good luck on Saturday!

  10. I love that you pick your morning run based on the sunrise!!!
    And, I agree – picking running outfits is important – the way I see it, if I’m going to be sweaty and gross my outfit should at least be cute!!!
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  11. Amen! And I especially relate to #1 these past couple months. After some shoe change-ups (that I’m starting to suspect contributed to that calf strain I had this Spring) … I think I’ve finally found “my shoe” again with the Saucony Cortana. I SWEAR they better not make changes any time soon to this shoe or I may have a nervous breakdown. My non-runner friends have no earthly idea how stressful shoes are to a runner. *sigh*
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  12. YES!! x9!!!
    Not counting #9 – I”m not marathoning, so that one just blows me away. I’m not blogging either, but I do have a collection of pictures I call “scenes from a run.” :)

    Run happy!

  13. One of my runner problems this year has been missing out on some family events for races I am pre-registered for. I register for races ASAP and enjoy racing so if I miss the occasional cook out…oh well.

    I totally get the shoe thing now as a runner but never got it before I became one. I’d always complain about my husband but now I’m on his side of the fence. Though he goes through like triple the amount of shoes I do (luckily he’s wear testing now so it’s a little easier on the wallet right now!)

  14. Absolutely yes to all of these! My husband does not understand the shoes and the clothes things (we just had that discussion again today). And the running pictures! Yes, I get the oddest looks when I prop my phone and then go pop up into some random yoga pose. haha.
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  15. Just shared this with my group, and one really good addition — Sports Bras! You find one, it gets discontinued, so many tears! So then when you find one you like, you buy them at every opportunity to guard against them being discontinued!

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