I was reminded as I was running this morning, that this is a dangerous sport. We live in a mobile society and as such, very few drivers are on the look out for pedestrians, let alone runners. I can’t tell you how many times I have been much to close to a moving vehicle for my personal comfort.
This morning I was reminded once again that drivers are more concerned with getting from point A to point B and pedestrians beware.
So consider this a gentle reminder to watch for those on two feet while you are driving. As a runner, I am really appreciative of those drivers who are willing to stop and let the runner proceed. It does a heart good.
The other thing that can cause ones heart to skip a beat – dogs. I can’t tell you how many times I have been chased by dogs and attacked. Each time I see this one particular collie, my heart begins to race as he is the only dog that has literally jumped me. Had I been wearing a running shirt instead of a big baggy t-shirt, I would have been headed into ER that day for stitches. My t-shirt still has the bite marks from the dog. This dog was not leased and was with a kid at the bus stop. That is probably the closest I have come to being hurt from an outside source. I have suffered many running related injuries. So those of you that have dogs or know someone with dogs, please keep them on a leash at all times. Dog bites are not fun to deal with!