Runfessions : Pet peeves

I am linking up with Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice for the first Runfession of 2016 and since the Friday Five theme is of my choice this week, I also am linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What, and Mar at Mar on the Run.













As much as I love running there are things that irk me immensely. So here it is, getting it all off my chest :

  1. Running pants that  bag around the ankles. I am short and I have skinny legs but a thicker waist, so I usually get a size medium pants. They fit perfectly in the waist but tend to bag by the end of a run.



2. My gps watch that refuses to pick up a signal.  I will wait up to 2 minutes, but beyond that, I don’t have the patience. I have found a corner where it will pick up the signal 9 times out of 10, but its not fool proof. I usually wear my fitbit, just in case, which allows me to judge distance.

My GPS corner :


3. Watering eyes. I get this from my dad… as soon as there is the slightest wind or it is a bit cold, my right eye will run (pun intended) the whole time.

4. Foggy or wet glasses.


5. Socks. I have yet to find a running sock AFTER 10 YEARS that I love. I am currently wearing Feetures but now that I have washed them a couple times they are tight, they pull at my toenails and the part around my Achilles can be bothersome. They are great when they are new but 6 months later ? I am ready to throw them out. Maybe I need a bigger size ?

And if I have a run when it is cold and rainy, which means I can not see, my eyes are watering and my pants are heavy with water around my ankles ? Yeah, that pretty much sums up the

Can you make a sock recommendation for me ?

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Comments: 33

  1. meljo @ ayearinrunningshoes February 26, 2016 at 10:16 pm Reply

    I can especially relate to #2… that drives me CRAZY! And, to avoid #4, I wear contacts when I run!
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    • Tina@GottaRunNow February 26, 2016 at 10:52 pm Reply

      I wear contacts, but mine still water. Ugh!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 27, 2016 at 7:42 am Reply

      I can not wear contacts anymore so I will just have to suffer ! (or avoid the rain preferably)

  2. Tina@GottaRunNow February 26, 2016 at 10:50 pm Reply

    Once I bought a pair of socks online that happened to run small – bugged me, too! Watering eyes are common for me on cool runs. I hope no one ever thinks I’m crying – they water so much!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 27, 2016 at 7:41 am Reply

      I always make sure I have waterproof mascara. I have gotten home a couple times to see black make up all around my eyes. Not cool.

  3. Tamieka February 26, 2016 at 11:11 pm Reply

    I haven’t found any socks that I totally love. I am wearing feetures now too but don’t see what all the big fuss is about!! Good luck.

    I actually have pretty long legs so my issue is always being too short….let’s not talk about the booty and tights not staying up…..uuugh!

    • Karen - Fit in France February 27, 2016 at 7:40 am Reply

      Glad I am the only one not understanding the features fuss. Seriously loved them until I washed them 3 times. And I never put them in the dryer ! 🙁

  4. Marcia February 26, 2016 at 11:46 pm Reply

    I never would’ve guessed you were little! You seem so tall on the internet! : )
    My eyes water like crazy when it’s cold. I tried many brands of socks and none were great until I found Balega. True love! Thanks for linking up!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 27, 2016 at 7:39 am Reply

      I have seen the brand around so I will check it out, thanks. And yes, I am 5’2”.

  5. Megan @ Meg Go Run February 27, 2016 at 1:01 am Reply

    I haaaaaaaaaaaaate when my GPS doesn’t pick up a signal! It doesn’t happen much, but when it does, it really kills my mojo.

    • Karen - Fit in France February 27, 2016 at 7:38 am Reply

      Luckily it has never happened in a race but I am going to be severely pissed the day it does

  6. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home February 27, 2016 at 2:24 am Reply

    I have so many socks that I love! I love SmartWool, Feetures, ProCompression, just to name a few…
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 27, 2016 at 7:37 am Reply

      Going to check them out, thanks

  7. Missy - Getting Fit to Find Myself February 27, 2016 at 2:47 am Reply

    I so feel you on the glasses! I hate contacts but I have started wearing them because I hate foggy glasses even more!

    Socks I love SmartWool and Fitsok!
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 27, 2016 at 7:36 am Reply

      I will check out the socks brands. I didn’t know smart wool made running socks… I can’t wear contacts….actually because I have dry eyes, which is completely ridiculous because they water when I run.

  8. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner February 27, 2016 at 3:36 am Reply

    Not only do I hate when the GPS wont load why is my distance different than the person I am running with?
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 27, 2016 at 7:35 am Reply

      Seriously ? Once in a while mine is off a bit with a course by never by much. Yeah, that would irk me big time !

  9. Kelli February 27, 2016 at 2:43 pm Reply

    Great list! And that GPS lock thing irritates me, too! I understand reception issues in an area with tall buildings or lots of tree cover, but I live out in the open and it is winter! And I have the eye watering thing going on too. Even with sunglasses on my eyes water on the bike in the cold.
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 27, 2016 at 7:05 pm Reply

      On my long run today I went to 5 different spots to try to pick up the signal. I gave up !

  10. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy February 27, 2016 at 3:02 pm Reply

    Have you ever tried contacts? I HATE wearing my glasses to run in, and very, very rarely do it.

    I have the opposite problem — small waist, large thighs. So the problem is always to find a waist that fits (although the new continuous drawcords are quite helpful).

    I do like feetures. And Balega. My guess is you do need to go up a size — I got a size L Balega in one of the challenges I signed up for last year, and while I usually wear a M (big feet for a little girl), the L fit perfectly fine.
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 27, 2016 at 7:03 pm Reply

      Several people have recommended Balega, I think I will try them. I wore contacts a long time ago but I have really dry eyes (except when running LOL) so can not wear them. Contacts literally stick to my eyeball !

  11. Jenn @ Run With Sole February 28, 2016 at 1:59 am Reply

    I love Balega socks. They don’t pull on anything and they feel super comfy. But maybe trying a different size will help too. Running pants, in general, are annoying. I don’t like the kind that kind of flare out at the bottom because then when you’re running, they flap. And all the cold air flows up the pant leg. Very annoying. #runnerproblems 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France February 28, 2016 at 8:27 am Reply

      Definitely going to try the Balega, thanks. And I don’t buy flare leg any more either because of the flapping !

  12. Caroline February 28, 2016 at 4:56 am Reply

    Wow! I can’t imagine running in the snow or rain! Kudos to you to still pushing it through. I can imagine it being bothersome with glasses though! My glasses never move much when I run thank goodness, but I’ve had a lot of people tell me how annoying they find it to workout or run in glasses! I also have issues with gps when I run! Especially for when I use specific apps on my phone. Fun reading your runfessions!

    • Karen - Fit in France February 28, 2016 at 8:27 am Reply

      I actually don’t mind my glasses, and luckily my schedule is flexible enough so that I can usually avoid days where it rains.

  13. Karen February 29, 2016 at 7:36 pm Reply

    I have some socks I order a larger size if I can get it. Sometimes the standard sock size squeezes my toes…I wear and 8 or 81/2 shoe.
    My GPS has been finicky lately… it never used to take long, but lately it is killing me.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 1, 2016 at 7:12 am Reply

      That GPS thing is so frustrating !

  14. Sonia February 29, 2016 at 8:17 pm Reply

    I like Swiftwick socks because they’re thin. I have the same problem with leggings and knee high socks that end up going to my thighs. Short leg problems!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 1, 2016 at 7:11 am Reply

      I will check out Swiftwick, you are not the first person to mention that. And yes, you are right about knee highs, which is why I don’t buy them.

  15. Runaway Bridal Planner March 1, 2016 at 8:28 pm Reply

    I’ve gone through so many loves and not loves with running socks.
    My favorites that I have found are the brand Balega, they stay true to fit in the wash, (but I never put running socks in the dryer, it ruins the threads in them.)
    They also never get holes, I’ve had the same 3 pairs I rotate for about 4 years and they look nearly as good now as they did when I first bought them. Plus, they don’t move on me, no blisters ever.
    Granted not every sock is good for every person. When I am finding new brands, I buy 1 pair of a few different then once I find the ones that work, I like to go back and buy as many as I can for future use:) Good luck in your running sock hunt for a good pair!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 3, 2016 at 8:59 am Reply

      Definitely going to try the Balega, so many people recommended them. And I never put them in the dryer, but I think even the washing machine is too harsh on them.

  16. HoHo Runs March 3, 2016 at 3:27 pm Reply

    Swiftwick socks. Love them. I’m not a big fan of Feetures — they’ve given me blisters before. It would drive my nuts if my pants bagged around the ankles. How can you deal with that? Or the foggy glasses. You are tough!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 3, 2016 at 8:01 pm Reply

      For the beggy pants I spend my run yanking them up. So annoying ! I usually get capris but for the winter runs which can be cold I invested in long pants. I will check out swiftwick, thanks !

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