A while back I wrote a post about encountering wildlife on a run. Going over what runners have seen, could see, and what we never want to interact with.
But today I want to pull the scope back to look at possibly the most dangerous thing runners have to deal with, and something we see (and use) every day.
Many of us take to sidewalks when we can, but that isn’t always an option. Running on roads is just something that we do, and why we also (or should always) run against traffic. But in the winter it’s a little harder. Mainly because, unless you can run during lunch, it’s dark when we wake up, and dark when we get home. So certainly, reflective gear and lights are important, especially if you are on a road.
Possibly more dangerous, though, are intersections. I’ve had a few close calls on intersections, even when I’m in the cross walk. Cars might not see you or might try to make a turn before you get there. If it’s icy, the car might just slide into your way.
This is the topic today as a member of my running group was hit yesterday on our group run. Normally you don’t expect to have to watch the cars turning right when they are stopped at a red light. Even less so when you’re in a pack. But that’s what happened. His knee is in really bad shape, but otherwise my friend is fine. So while it’s far from a good situation (because he won’t be running anytime soon) it could be worse.
So remember when you’re running, be aware of all cars, even if you think they see you. And to driver, be aware. When we run, we try to watch for you, run safe, and wear reflective gear. But next time you try to make the light, do a rolling stop at a stop sign, or turn right on red, just make one quick check to make sure that there’s not a runner or biker coming down the sidewalk.