As we’re making merchandise selections for the Capital 10-Miler, sample shirts styles have been arriving in the mail.
The back of the most recently arrived shirt includes a list of Runners Rules to Live By. Messages like this list usually cross my path for a reason. I feel obliged to share with you, so here is my shirt message:
Run Towards Traffic
Trust Your Instincts
The heading Rules to Live By is appropriate in that they may keep you and me alive. I do run towards traffic the majority of the time, although on roads with tight turns I move to the opposite side where the vehicle behind me has a much better view of me than the vehicle coming out of a blind curve.
I almost always carry ID. Road ID has convenient and reasonably priced products. Even a cell phone that shows my emergency information or a business card tucked in my shoe will do.
Trusting my instincts, yes, yes, yes. Call it an inner voice, guardian angel, whatever. When the message from the universe says to turn away from that street that is usually perfectly safe and I have run down a thousand times, I listen and turn away.
Running defensively is more and more important as drivers on cell phones are talking while attempting to turn across traffic. Before crossing in front of a car, I make eye contact or otherwise affirm the driver sees me.
The winter months are particularly difficult in the Northeast where any berm on the side of the road is piled high with rock-hard snow boulders pushed over by the snowplow. As I see a car in the distance, my run turns into a brief climb to the side where I feel like a 10-year old playing king of the hill.
Stay safe out there. Spring is coming.