That's one good reason to stay off pavement. (Which is easier if you have a bunch of not-pavement around, which not everyone does.)
Is the sound of footsteps on crunchy, freshly-fallen fall leaves as annoying as steps on concrete?
Sometimes I can't stop pace-counting in my head on regular runs (not orienteering), and it drives me nuts. "La-la-la-la-la-SHUT UP!" (Chris Farley voice).
The sound I can't stand is of other people - and even myself - cleaning their teeth (especially in public).
There are absolutely sounds that make me really mad and want to throw things (open-mouth chewing, slurping, and teeth on silverware are all especially problematic and cause me to excuse myself from dinner tables), but this isn't one of them. I just don't like the sound of my own feet on pavement because it sounds like I'm a really shitty runner with slapping feet. Other people's feet sounds don't bother me, and my own feet on dirt or forest floor are fine.
bbrooke, I often count seconds (by counting triple-paces) during my workouts and I find it soothing and satisfying.
Could be a warning sign of a known condition:https://www.bbc.com/news/health-38842561
Yep, I’m a danger to society and myself. Watch your chewing around me.
...or else only use plastic cutlery :)