So I realize that joggers/runners are generally hated by the rest of the population. I can understand this. We’re up in your face with our fitness and sometimes our junk. Sometimes we have fit dogs that run next to us and look like maybe they think darting onto the road would be awesome. You have to slow down/ swerve to avoid us and who wants to do that, am I right?
To quote a couple people:
“I don’t think jogging is healthy, especially morning jogging. If morning joggers knew how tempting they looked to morning motorists, they would stay home and do sit-ups.” – Rita Rudner
“It’s unnatural for people to run around the city streets unless they are thieves or victims. It makes people nervous to see someone running. I know that when I see someone running on my street, my instincts tell me to let the dog go after him.” – Mike Royko
So some people don’t like runners. That’s okay. I don’t like people who like Twilight. That’s just me.
But guys, that doesn’t mean I will run you down in my car if I see you reading Twilight.
Okay? Is that alright with everyone? Do I sound like a normal person when I say that?
If not running people over because I don’t like what they’re doing is normal, there seem to be a lot of abnormal people out there.
So I almost got run over yesterday. Maybe you got that already. It wasn’t dark out, I was running against traffic so I knew the car was coming and they knew I was there. There were no other cars coming the other way so swerving was an option. But instead this dude/dudette thought nearly clipping me in the shoulder with their side-mirror seemed like a better option. The mirror was literally so close to my arm I think I might have a wind burn.
You guys, I almost died. Before The Hobbit came out. It was a near-tragedy.
Funny thing is, I didn’t really think about it until after my run. I just kept trucking. But I was sitting at home, knocking back a protein shake, when it occurred to me that I was nearly slaughtered by someone who either hates runners, hates me in particular, or is just straight-up a terrible, terrible driver.
So I thought it was my duty (as in, hopefully I’ll educate the masses so no one murders me) to give some tips on encountering runners in your car. So here goes:
- Just give them some space
THAT IS THE ONLY TIP. It should be common sense. Do not see how close you can get without killing them. That’s a horrible idea. If you can’t swerve around them for whatever reason, just slow down a smidgen.
Admittedly, there are some runners out there with bad road sense. I try to get off the road as far as possible when I see a car coming, to be considerate to the driver and to, you know, increase my chances of not dying. I run against traffic, unless I’m rounding a blind curve, when I go to the side with the best visibility. I wear lights and reflective gear at twilight and night. I listen to my music low enough to hear cars coming from a ways away. That is our responsibility as runners.
But some morons flail about in the middle of the road. I understand wanting to hit them. Probably they deserve it. Just don’t.
Finally, there is a bit of a note I wanted to add. Don’t slow down too much. It creeps me out. I don’t care if you’re being considerate, it makes me feel like you’re going to stop to offer me free candy to get into your windowless van. Moderate pace reduction is the key.
Also, you guys! I was nominated for another reward which I appreciate so much! This time it’s the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you to the inspirational Jenny over at The Running Thriver! Check out her story and the other blogs she nominated; all are excellent.
Here are the rules of this award:
Rules of the Versatile Blogger Award:
1. Thank the person(s) who shared the award with you by linking back to them in your post.
2. Pass this award to 15 recently discovered blogs and let them know that you included them in your blog post.
3. List 7 things about yourself.
Please check back soon for my list of recently discovered blogs! I have to take some time to pick my favourites.
Happy trails everyone, and have a great weekend!