Road Running, Safely
You’ve been running your same old path for a while now and you’re starting to become bored with it. THIS IS NEVER A GOOD THING! Why you ask….? When you become bored with anything, the challenge is lost, you’ve “mastered” it, or there seems to be little to no point in continuing on. Please, I beg of you, don’t let this become the case. If this happens or is starting to, take action, make a change!
Back to the scenario:
You decide to combat your boredom and venture out onto the road. When I say road, I mean like where cars and traffic are, where you beacome a potential hazard for drivers, as well as them becoming a hazard to you! Now I don’t recommend or back anyone doing this, but if you have to…..this is how I do it.
ALWAYS DO THESE THREE THINGS!!!
1. Run facing oncoming traffic as close to the curb as you can. Doing this puts your face forward where you and the drivers can make eye contact, or at least you can wave at them as they come close and start to pass by.
2. Wear brightly colored clothing! If its daytime or night, this ALWAYS applies. White, red, yellow, green, and orange are all good. Some of the gear mentioned in an earlier post is available in fluorescent colors as well. If they can’t see you, the potential for SPLAT goes way up.
3. Don’t forget to smile and wave! Sounds funny I know, but if you do it the drivers will be more likely to respond in kind with a wave, honk, and even move over to let you share the road. The other benefit for you from a smile and wave is that their responses are encouraging and will push you further than you think they would.
So be safe, use your head, and dress accordingly.