Bugs? No, that wasn’t my problem. My problem on this morning’s run was that the two things that bug me the most when I’m out trail running both happened AND they both happened with the same person. Allow me to explain.
We all have our little pet peeves. On the trail, I have two. The first, which is not trail-exclusive, is when I am running along (the pace doesn’t matter) and an approaching runner says, “hi” and then immediately looks away (usually upward – not sure why). And that’s the point, I’m not sure why. If you didn’t want to have some kind of a salutory dialogue, why did you initiate it? Of course not everyone out on the run is friendly and I am perfectly okay with that. Heck, in the old days, the nicest thing said to you when running was “Hup, hup, hup.”
I don’t know. Maybe I’m overly sensitive…. maybe I’m feeling misled.
That brings me to buggy thing #2 (and remember, I got BOTH of them today, so I’m REALLY vulnerable). Approaching runner, singletrack trail, I move off the trail to let them have it, so they move off so that no one has it. What?
I suppose it’s some kind of a,
“no, thank YOU”
“NO thank YOU” kind of a thing.
Doesn’t mean I get it. Take the trail, say Thanks, if you want. But please don’t negate my niceness. I’m doing the best I can to get along with the other humans and every now and then I’d like to think they appreciate it.
Okay, gotta go. Have an appointment with my therapist.