I came across an article in this month’s issue of Runner’s World by Mark Remy titled, “Annoying? Who Us?” Mark addresses a few criticisms that the Wall Street Journal recently cited in an article titled, “OK, You’re a Runner. Get Over It.” Clever.
Of the six offenses Mark addresses, I am guilty of four.
1. Running stickers on cars – Not guilty. Stickers just don’t appeal to me, especially on my car. However, I might reconsider if earned a “26.2”. On second thought, I would likely wear it across my forehead instead of my bumper.
2. Running in public – Guilty and confused. I consider myself rather socially aware, however I have never thought of what I do as running in public. As Lucille Bluth would say, “I don’t understand the question and I won’t respond to it.”
3. Wearing running gear in social situations – Interesting, I didn’t know Isaac was a WSJ contributor. There is a time and place for everything, including running shorts (more here). Out of convenience, comfort, and defiance, I wear running/workout gear both before and after runs/workouts. Is it inappropriate? You tell me. A few examples: 1) running gear in the grocery store; 2) running gear at the mall; 3) running gear in a casual sit down restaurant (before 4pm). What do you think?
4. Running-related Tweets and Facebook updates – What about running related blog-posts?
5. Running Obliviously – Not guilty. WSJ has a point here – it is annoying when runners cruise without regard for anyone else. But, I think cyclists are the real offenders. “On your left!”
6. Reading our own special magazine – Well, I guess I’m in good company. There’s enough reading material on surfing in my home to fill an olympic size pool.
Surprisingly, WSJ isn’t annoyed at runners who take pictures of themselves running. Not that I know anything about that.