Monday, February 20, 2012

Running Safety

She didn't see me at all.  And nearly plowed right into me while I ran a couple of mornings ago.  The closest call I've had in years this morning.

Many of us have to run in the dark to get the miles in. I've learned a few things in my years in the dark.

I don't usually worry too much about traffic coming towards me.  I can see it clearly, I wear reflective gear, year round, if I'm running in the dark and it lights up nicely.  I also don't worry too much about traffic coming from behind...I always run on the left side of the road, the reflectors light up and I also have a flashing LED clipped to the back of my belt.  I've not had close calls in these settings.

But, dark corners in a quiet neighborhood...that's a different story.  Virtually every close call I've ever had has been in this configuration.  A sleepy driver, seeing no other headlights, desperately seeking Starbucks and not expecting a runner rolls through an intersection, turns and, wham, there is a guy running.  Which means, as it did this morning, the guy has to be watching.

And ready to leap to the side.  And yell.

Run defensively.

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4 comments:

Wes said...

yea, no kidding. always look eye!

Shilingi-Moja said...

Corners are dangerous, even in broad daylight.

David Haywood said...

I have learned the value of a head lamp. It helps me see and others see me as well.

Sarah said...

Glad you were alert!