Saturday, June 22, 2013

Hey runner, got a light?

Seriously?
Today's run (street): 4.4 miles

I was about halfway through today's run when I noticed a guy exiting a small neighborhood park, holding a cigarette. I saw him from about thirty feet away, walking towards the street. The man began crossing the road and I wondered if I'd need to run around him. As I got closer he asked, "Got a lighter?" I yelled back, "I run, why would I smoke?" I didn't hear his response, but I'm sure it wasn't a compliment regarding my active lifestyle.

There were lots of people out this morning, and almost everyone I encountered on today's run made me question the intelligence of the average person. Shortly after my exchange with cigarette guy, I saw two women walking side by side on the right side of the road. My neighborhood has no thoroughfares, but a few roads (like this particular one) have steady traffic. I felt I should advise them on the danger of walking with your back to traffic. They acknowledged my point, but I saw them later on the run and they were still tempting fate on the wrong side of the road.

These women weren't the only people I saw walking with traffic, but I decided to stop playing safety patrol after that. There was a couple walking on the right, who spaced themselves so wide that the man was positioned in the middle of a busy road. He was a big boy, and I just hoped his size would be noticeable to drivers who would brake, thinking he was a Fiat 500.

Between the careless walkers, cyclists without helmets and drivers that ignore stop signs as a matter of course, I'm often frustrated with neighborhood running. That's why I love running Stillwell, Trailview and Bethpage. Except, of course, for those big hills.

2 comments:

  1. This is hilarious. First off, it's not so long ago or far-fetched that if I were the runner, I would have magically produced a Zippo from someplace creative on my person. I also might have stopped for a mid-run puff (I am choking just thinking about it).

    Your comparison of the walker to the Fiat is surprisingly rude and wonderful at the same time.

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  2. You and my wife had the same reaction to my Fiat comment except she forgot to say it was wonderful. Every once in a while I remove my filter in my posts.

    The smoker / runner thing puzzles me, but I've never smoked so I can't fully identify. I'm always amused around the ING NY Marathon weekend when I see many foreign runners training on the streets of NYC and stopping to grab a smoke along the way.

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