I ran a 6-miler this weekend at the Rose Bowl, and these 5 things continuously catch my eye. Let me do this the GoodReads way, with animated GIFs. … because I’ll always live in 1996.
5. Dog poop – Bring a plastic bag. Curb your dog! It’s not a pleasant feeling to be running and accidentally slipping on poop.
4. Lane Hogs. These are runners, walkers and strollers piling side by side by side by side. This forces the rest of us to run around them – into the street with cars whizzing by.
3. Cyclists without helmets. The loop that I run is shared with cars – cars that go very fast. One slip and it is possible for a car to hit a cyclist. A helmet doesn’t guarantee that you’ll live if a car hits you but your chances of survival is higher than without.
2. Running the “wrong” way. The rule of the thumb is if you run on the road, you run against traffic. The logic is that the drivers will SEE you coming. And YOU can see THEM coming.
1. Babies and small children in strollers whose necks look like they’re broken. Since these parents have wheels, they are running with traffic, and I see their strollers coming at me from a distance. When I look down, their kid’s head is lolling like a dead bowling ball. Please give them a neck pillow or something. It looks like they can’t breathe.
Do you notice these things when you’re running on a shared path?