People are quirky. And runners are no exception. Turns out we have a slew of habits that drive each other to madness and toward the finish line.
I explored some of them in two stories at Shape.com: “The Do’s and Don’ts of Courteous Runners” and “Pre-Race Rituals That Runners Swear By.” For both, I crowd-sourced responses from my social media friends to find out what makes us collectively tick and ticked-off.
I’ve definitely broken some of the running rules of the road. Chances are you have too. Eeks! Some are venial sins and some fall into the category of don’t ever do it. Like ever. Never.
And when it comes to race-day rituals, I’ve definitely been known to obsess over outfits, laying it all out perfectly the night before. I once even had a “lucky” pair of capris. We’re all creatures of habit! Enjoy!
“It’s a crowded course out there. Follow these rules of the road to keep the peace while pounding the pavement.”
Ah, the etiquette police. We’ve all wanted to “citizen’s arrest” some runners out there and we’ve all broken the running rules, too. I asked my 30,000 collective social media followers via Facebook and Twitter for their biggest running pet peeves. The response was overwhelming. I narrowed it down to the 15 biggest blunders that drive runners to madness, from corral jumping to snapping runfies and mid-race phone convos.
What’s your biggest pet peeve? Which of the rules do you break?
Find our if your most hated peccadillo made the list at Shape.com.
“Experts discover whether there’s any truth to these quirky running superstitions, from wearing a lucky charm to obsessing over sleep.”
I asked readers for their pre-race rituals. Then I asked experts to weigh-in on the most common five to find out whether they help or hurt on race day: Laying out your clothes in all those #flatrunner pics, wearing a lucky fill-in-the-blank, obsessing over sleep, and a few more. The verdict? Some are super healthy. Some—not so much.
Do you have a pre-race ritual or must-wear item?
Find out what the experts think at Shape.com.