However, for the past month and a half, I have been running in town so I could run the Harvest Festival race loop. This loop is on a one ways street, and is two lanes. It's not that heavily traveled. The sidewalks on the part of town running North are new sidewalks and in perfect shape. Once I make the loop, the sidewalks on the South side are pretty uneven in some parts. Even though these are one way streets I am running on, I still have to be cautious because unlike my other route that runs along the river, this route DOES have roads that intersect it so I always have to be cautious of drivers making a left hand turn,
I know this all may be hard to visualize if you are not familiar with where I am talking about. Usually all my runs on this route are pleasant ones and I really do enjoy it. The people are friendly, drivers are considerate, and I pass walkers and other runners who always wave or flash a friendly smile. However, with in the past few weeks I've encounter a few drivers who were acting like real jerks.
Example one: There was one day were I turned the loop heading towards the South side of town (where the bad sidewalks are). Since this road IS two lanes and it is not heavily traveled I decided to run on the road for a little bit instead of the sidewalk for fear of tripping. I made sure that I wasn't actually IN the road, I was running as close to the sidewalk as possible. Well a bit later this guy in a Honda drives into the lane I was in (even though the other lane was completely empty), and hollers at me saying something like "Get on the sidewalk if you want to run". Wow, I was shocked and a little shaken. I had never had anyone yell at me while I was running. It's like he purposefully when out of his way to do that.
Which brings me to my second example: I mentioned that these roads I run on are one way roads that have two lanes. Yet even when there is no one in the further lane, drivers still do not make the effort to get over. I mean its not like I'm taking up the entire line but come on. If I saw someone running, I would move over and drive in the other lane just out of respect.
This third example really irritates me and this is why I normally don't run where there is traffic. I will stop at red lights if I have to and at stop signs I usually just give a glance to see if something is coming. If a car and I approach the stop sign at the same time, the car usually lets me cross before they continue. Well, last week I was at a stop sign crossing and a car pulled up and instead of letting me cross she actually sped up. If she was stopped at the intersection before me I wouldn't have cared, but she wasn't. I had someone do this to me at a traffic light as well. Just goes to show that you always have to be on alert and watching out for the other guy too!
This last one happened to me just yesterday. I was running on this same one way street (and yes, this time I was on the sidewalk). I was approaching a driveway (a driveway to a parking lot) that was leading out to the road and this guy pulls right up. He didn't even see me running ON THE DRIVE WAY. I knew he wasn't going to even look my way because it is a one way street and he was only looking towards traffic. I don't know about you but even on one way streets I make a habit to look both ways. I knew he wasn't going to look so I ran behind his car instead of in front and hollered "HEY" at him and he still didn't look even thought his window was down cus he was smoking a cigarette!
Just thinking about that last one is enough to get me irritated again so I'm gonna stop there and let you tell me a fifth one.
Which of these irritates you the most? Do you have any examples of your own? -M
We are linking up with the gals from the Friday 5.