Hey all, are your surviving the heat? I admit I am loving it but it certainly does not make for great running weather. That's okay because I didn't get that much running in anyway.
Monday was the only day I got a real true run in, followed by some gym time. Tuesday I did a challenging 4 mile hike through Ricketts Glen so that pretty much put me out for Wednesday and Thursday. I had some pain in my knee and hip and thought it better to just rest for a few days. On Friday I went to the Rail Trail to do a run/walk I was SO frustrated by the time I finished on the rail trail and this is why........
I should start off saying that the reason I do most of my runs at the Rail Trail is because I feel safe. I don't have to worry about traffic. Now that doesn't mean I don't have to watch for cars every now and then because on the entire stretch of trail there are a few country roads that intersect it.
More times than not I encounter very nice drivers (like the gentlemen I saw in the black sedan) who slow down as they approach the intersection of the Rail Trail. They didn't have to, but they came to a complete stop and motioned for me to go across. I was doing a walk at that time so I just waved them to go ahead. We both did a little wave of understanding and he motored on ahead and I finished my walk.
On Friday I also encountered a driver that was just the opposite of the one I described above. Now this time I was actually running but knew to stop as I approached the intersection. Even though I was stopped I felt like my life flashed before my eyes and my heart dropped. A white haired grandma type lady in a silver Toyota went zooming by. I'm not sure what the speed limit on that road is but she was certainly exceeding it by MANY miles. Oh this had me in an outrage and I was fired up for the duration of my time on the trail. This trail is highly used by runners, walkers, bikers, and even children. I was doing a run/walk so I wasn't really into my rhythm of running, but I know there were plenty of others on the trail that day that were. The driver was coming SO fast that she would have completely taken out a biker or runner.
2.5 miles later I was walking back towards the parking lot where my car was and low and behold I see a silver Toyota pull in and out walks a white haired grandma type lady. She headed into the Hearing Aid center. Oh boy I thought, apparently she needs more than a hearing aid. She needs to go to the eye doctor too. When I was done with my run/walk I plopped myself down in the grassy area by my car and did my stretches as I finished up a story I was listening to on my ipod. I admit I was kind of hoping the lady would come out because I was going to ask her if she recently drove up Johnson Mill road. Yes, I was going to approach her, nicely. Turns out, she didn't end up coming out while I was still there. As I drove away the situation still weighed heavily on my mind. -M
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