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I hate #@#*@** joggers!

(53 Posts)
Witzend Tue 21-Apr-20 18:39:37

Once again, while I was on my usual walk, one steamed past me with barely a couple of feet between us. I was right at the inner edge of the path, so could not move away. It’s a very quiet road with very few cars even in normal times, so she could easily have moved into the road, as I’d done a few times already, to keep my distance from someone else.

For the first time, I yelled my fury after her. Of course she paid no heed whatsoever.

I’m beginning to wish jogging would be banned for the duration. I know it’s not all of them, but at least around here there’s a significant minority who seem to think they have some sort of superior right to ignore the rules.

Quite apart from anything else, all their huffing and puffing means they’re breathing out a lot more potentially infected air than anyone walking.

Luckygirl Tue 21-Apr-20 18:45:47

You are right about the huffing out bugs that goes with jogging - I give them as wide a berth as I can.

Maggiemaybe Tue 21-Apr-20 19:01:48

I don't hate or even dislike them, Witzend, in fact I was one a few years ago, but I can sympathise with you. Some joggers and runners do tend to be focussed on their run and not on what's going on around them, and yes, I think the huffing and puffing can be a problem. One swerved past me the other day, nearly but not quite maintaining the 2 metre distance, then charged straight through a group of horses and riders coming out across the pavement from a field ahead of us as if she hadn't even noticed them.

There are certainly more runners than ever before round here during the day now, or perhaps it's just that more of them are running during the day instead of before or after work. I think it'd be useful if some of the currently closed off areas - sports fields, etc - could be opened up for them to use away from the pavements and roads.

Redhead56 Tue 21-Apr-20 19:35:24

I was walking in our local woods last year picking berries as I do. I have picked them ever since I was a child in this very same area. A jogger run passed me and shouted that I should not be picking berries. The cheek I shouted back you should not be running about thinking you have right of way in that hideous outfit. Cyclists are just as bad when my children were young I would be walking with them and bikes would fly past. Not care in the world or regard for me and my children.

SueDonim Tue 21-Apr-20 19:58:16

I had two ‘incidents’ today when out walking. One was two young men passing us, although walking not jogging. They didn’t bother to keep their distance at all and I had nowhere to go unless I jumped into the river! I doubt we’ll get coronavirus from them, though, because the stench of the weed they were smoking nearly knocked us off our feet anyway. hmm

Then walking back via the park along a path that was probably five metres or more wide, a young woman had her face glued to her phone. I moved to the far edge away from her but she walked diagonally across the path, totally oblivious, until she was on a collision path with me. At that point I shouted KEEP AWAY, KEEP AWAY! It gave her a fright and she mumbled an apology, but ffs. hmm

BlueBelle Tue 21-Apr-20 20:14:37

Harsh post and some subsequent nasty posts How can you hate people just because they are following a hobby and calling them hideous outfits is horrid
Just listen to yourselves why all this hatred live and let live stop being so whingy

EllanVannin Tue 21-Apr-20 20:18:56

Walking is far more beneficial than jogging .

vampirequeen Tue 21-Apr-20 20:30:53

Some people are thoughtless. Some are concentrating on their run. Some probably pass too close out of habit. I wish more road cyclists would be aware of the speeds they're doing on shared cycle track/footpaths but I wouldn't say I hate them and I wouldn't shout at anyone.

GabriellaG54 Tue 21-Apr-20 20:45:50

That's a moot point EllanVannin

EllanVannin Tue 21-Apr-20 21:10:24

It's my view and I'm sticking to it GabriellaG54.

Witzend Tue 21-Apr-20 21:31:43

It’s not much of an excuse to say they’re focused on their running, Maggiemaybe. At the moment they should surely be reserving at least some of their focus for keeping their distance !
The fact that too many don’t shows IMO a selfish and arrogant
disregard for other people.

PamelaJ1 Tue 21-Apr-20 21:36:55

Is there a rule that says you should walk, sorry I am digressing,
on the right side of the road facing the oncoming traffic? Unless there is a pavement, of course.

I seem to have to keep crossing the road to avoid people. I seem to think that’s what I was always taught.

vampirequeen Tue 21-Apr-20 21:39:32

For safety you're supposed to walk towards the traffic when there is no pavement unless it's a tight bend when you should walk on the other side of the road so that the oncoming driver can see you. Then as soon as possible cross back over so that you're walking towards the traffic again.

Happiyogi Tue 21-Apr-20 21:43:58

I haven't been out for a walk for a couple of weeks because of unpleasant experiences with joggers. Those I encountered were being selfish, in their own bubble with earphones, and exhaling heavily. I got fed up having to step aside for them, and felt more stressed when I got home than before I went out.
I subsequently heard a medical person on the radio say that runners' exertion does cause more breath to be exhaled over a longer distance, making a potential risk for anyone nearby.

GabriellaG54 Tue 21-Apr-20 21:45:59

I didn't say you should did I? EllanVannin

GabriellaG54 Tue 21-Apr-20 21:49:40

Have you ever thought that joggers, like many other people, may have hidden disabilities, which means they do not take on board the seriousness of the present situation. They may have a disability which means they need a routine and are blinded to anyone's needs but their own. Think about it.

Witzend Tue 21-Apr-20 22:08:46

Maybe in a very small minority of cases, Gabriella, but I’m afraid I shall continue to think that too many simply don’t give a toss about anyone else. Just cases of the all too common me me me.

Juliet27 Tue 21-Apr-20 22:17:49

If these runners are so concerned about their health and fitness then why don't they make sure they keep a 2 metre distance from me...just in case I could infect them!

GabriellaG54 Tue 21-Apr-20 22:32:34

Joggers/runners prob have higher levels of immunity if the scientific facts are correct.

GabriellaG54 Tue 21-Apr-20 22:33:27

Anyway, most pavements are not more than 6 ft wide.

Chewbacca Tue 21-Apr-20 22:34:08

You could try shouting "I've tested positive for Coronavirus!" And then watch as they hastily swerve out of your way!

lemongrove Tue 21-Apr-20 22:38:53

Walking and running are natural, jogging isn’t, it’s a weird hybrid activity.The man who invented jogging died whilst out doing it.Poetic justice.😁

GabriellaG54 Tue 21-Apr-20 22:40:06

I sort of agreeWitzend but was merely repeating, in part, what was said in another recent thread about Coronavirus where a poster mentioned seeing an older man picking up a tin of beans then appearing to be undecided what to do next.

One responder suggested that he may have had an unseen disability and indicated that the poster might be being too harsh in her views. (not verbatim)

Quick to remind in certain cases but not when talking about joggers eh?

Maggiemaybe Tue 21-Apr-20 22:41:12

It’s not much of an excuse to say they’re focused on their running, Maggiemaybe.

I’m not saying it is, just stating a fact. And agreeing with you that some of them aren’t paying enough attention.

GabriellaG54 Tue 21-Apr-20 22:43:50

Poetic justice for smokers who breathe their last whilst having a fag and poetic justice for those obese individuals who die whilst eating a pie?