Things I Don’t Like (That You Probably Love)

It’s Friday people, which means two things:

1) I have actively abandoned all good intentions to pack a breakfast or lunch and instead just buy something instead (it never fails…every. single. week.)

2) It’s time for a list!

do you see how my subject matter and form matched one another right there? I’m a visual rhetoric genius.

We’re going to do the opposite of Friday Favorites today and take a look at some of the things I do not like. And not just that…the things I don’t like that apparently every female seems to just love.

Let me preface this by saying that I’m not trying to act like I’m exceptionally unique or different. Because I’m not. I’m a very stereotypical, boring girl—right down to my weakness for chocolate and my love of quoting Kristen Wiig. However, I have noticed that there are a lot of things that everyone is totally OMG OBSESSED with…and I’m like “meh.” And in fact, there are many popular female things that I actually really, really dislike.

*Warning: This post may offend. I’m merely stating my own opinion, and I realize that my views may very well be in the minority. Sue me.*

Without further ado…

1) Running skirts

I’m sorry. I just can’t do it.

I don’t get it, I don’t like it, and I have zero interest in ever partaking in this “running attire.” It’s not that I think they’re necessarily unflattering or ugly…most people look fine enough in them…I think it’s more the principal of the matter. To me, running is an athletic and very non-glamorous activity, and I prefer to dress the part—which does not, IMO, include wearing a skirt. Skirts and dresses are great—for after a run and after I’ve removed my sweaty shorts.

Sorry, but skirts to me are for cheerleaders (and with all due respect, I know you all need the leg room for splits and kicks and whatnot), but in the sport of running, your legs don’t need the same freedom.

And sorry, again, this definitely included sparkle skirts. And running dresses? Don’t even get me started.

2) Gu

Maybe this has something to do with the time I was force fed a chocolate Gu at the end of a marathon, or maybe it’s because I have a sensitive stomach, but frankly…I can think of few things less appetizing than these packs of flavored syrup.

Blech. Even thinking about them makes me queezy. I realize there aren’t a ton of fuel options available, hence why a lot of people use this stuff—but even regular Swedish fish probably do the same thing as a regular Gu. And would definitely taste much more delicious.

3) Neon shoes

You know how bright pink and orange and yellow shoes are all the rage this year?

Not into it. And apparently I’m the only one, because most people can’t get enough of them. It’s not that I dislike bright colors—although my bland wardrobe might suggest otherwise—but I just prefer for my running shoes to be very simple.

And yea yea…the Pure Connects I wear are relatively bright, however they are definitely the tamest of the options available. If it were up to me, every running shoe I buy would be white with a sprinkle of blue on them somewhere.

Alas…functionality trumps looks in the running shoe world, therefore I am sure before too long I’ll be wearing neon pink racing flats and you all can have the last laugh. For now, I’ll stick to my simple white and turquoise babies.

4) Fans in the gym

In every spin class I go to, I will actively seek a spot in the room that is shielded from the incessant, annoying fan that everyone seems to covet. I am one of the few people who opts for the instructor to not turn the fan on when they offer, and I grit my teeth whenever everyone whoops and cheers for it.

I don’t know what it is, but nothing bothers me more than simulated cold air blowing in my face while spinning. One of the best parts of spin class is all the SWEATING that happens, and I hate when that experience is hindered by a fan. Maybe I’m just a light sweater, and maybe I’m just a first-world-problem crybaby (truth), but I’ll maintain my fan-hate forever.

Big, sweaty, air-blocking men…you are my favorite spinners to sit behind.

5) Plain yogurt

I’ve tried so hard with this one. I know you can put plain yogurt in just about anything in the world—from smoothies to pancakes to baked goods that would probably taste much better with butter—but I just can’t stand the sour, bland taste of regular plain yogurt. Give me all the strawberry, blueberry, and pomegranete you’ve got…but keep that nothing-flavor goop for yourselves.

And “regular tart” froyo? Vom.

6) Coconut water

If you do anything even marginally athletic…from just occasionally going to the gym to running back-to-back marathons, this new trend has undoubtedly been pimped hard to you. Electrolytes! Healthy! Hydration! OMG SO REFRESHING!

Maybe my palate is really just that unrefined, but I think this stuff tastes like a dirty sock that was soaked in water for a few days and then refrigerated.

7) Fuel Belts

Again, I know this is a personal preference thing. But if there’s one thing I can’t stand while running, it’s the feeling that something is weighing me down or interfering. Sometimes even just my Garmin and iPod SHUFFLE feels like too much. I tried wearing a fuel belt that someone lent me ONCE, and it bothering me so much I had to take it off, hide it under a bush, and come back for it later.

I suppose I admire anyone who can pull off fast, efficient running with these things. To me, especially in a race with lots of fuel stations, they’re completely unnecessary. Keys and fuel in your shorts’ pocket, hand-held water bottle if necessary, all good.


I’m really not a big hater, in fact I’m much more of a cheerleader than anything else, but sometimes when you’re surrounded by all the bells and whistles of the most popular things of the time—you need to let loose some steam. And who knows, my opinions on these things could change. This time next year, I could be sitting in the front of a fan during spin while wearing a running skirt and fueling with Gu and coconut water. You have my permission to call out my hypocrisy.

But for now, I prefer to maintain my stance on these “all the rage” trends.

But now I’m really curious…

How do you feel about these things? Love? Hate? Want to start an anti-plain yogurt/froyo club with me? Want to throw rocks at me for hating on the running skirt? It’s okay…I’m bad at being a girl sometimes.



9 thoughts on “Things I Don’t Like (That You Probably Love)

  1. LindsayOnTheGo

    Hahaha – no Friday Favorites post? 🙂 Just kidding. I didn’t pack lunch today either, but I’ve been keeping a big box of cereal and a carton of milk at work for my “lazy days” so I convince myself to not buy stuff. Now to the list.

    1. No running skirts for me either. I have the exact same thoughts.
    2. Gu – Meh? Don’t love it but do realize its benefits.
    3. OMG, we can’t be friends. Just kidding. I really love bright shoes. I’m not going to be fast so I might as well be flashy.
    4. I like fans – I don’t know about spin class, but I do like a fan for when I’m on the treadmill.
    5. Another meh. I eat honey-flavored Greek yogurt and love it. Plain yogurt freaks me out flavor wise and texture wise.
    6. Coconut water is a SCAM. There are tons of scientific articles out there talking about what a scam it is.
    7. I hate fuel belts, but I cannot leave them behind, sadly. So inefficient.

    1. runbirdierun Post author

      I’ll *sort of* agree about fans with a treadmill…it is SO HARD otherwise. And I abandoned Friday Favorites so long ago… apparently I stopped liking anything and started hating everything 🙂 I blame winter cynicism.

  2. inaomi

    I’m 6 for 7 with you on this one. I am not a fan of no flavor coconut water. It’s the grossest tasting thing ever, but I do like Zico’s Passion Fruit flavored one.

  3. Lauren

    Completely agree on the running skirts and Gu but I love me some coconut water! I also have some obnoxious neon yellow running shoes that I kind of love 🙂

  4. Robin

    I’m so with you on the fans! I seriously thought I was the only one! I want to sweat…not have cold air blowing on me!

  5. Ricole Runs

    I’m not sure we can be friends anymore! 🙂 I like running skirts because I think it hides my fat thighs jiggling as I run. I’m probably just in denial about that though. Gu = meh. Shotblocks are better. Neon = everything is awesome. Coconut water is DISGUSTING and I don’t understand why everyone thinks it’s AMAZING. That’s just baffling to me.

    1. runbirdierun Post author

      I KNEW you’d call me out on the running skirts and neon 🙂 And honestly, I don’t mind neon clothing, it’s just the shoes I’m not huge on.

  6. Emily

    I HATE FANS!!! Like almost all the time. ESPECIALLY in gyms. The only time fans are okay are in the middle of the summer when my apartment is over 85 degrees and even then I HATE when they blow on me. Somewhat related to fans is when spectators at races spray runners with water thinking they are hot and the water will feel good. I really hate being wet even if I am sweaty. Okay. My rant done.


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