Well, there have been a lot of stories about trains this fall. You may have seen on the news about the train crash that happened in New Jersey, or perhaps you saw (or read) about the train that disrupted the Lehigh Valley Marathon in September.
Oh, if you haven't heard about that, let me fill you in. The Lehigh Valley marathon is "unofficially" the Runners World marathon because Barty Yasso helps organize it and a lot of Runner's World people run it. A lot of people who run it are trying to qualify for Boston because it's such a flat and fast course. The marathon route crosses a set of train tracks but Marathon personnel, and Norfolk Southern ( the train company) always communicate when the race will be held and they agree that all train services will be halted at that time.
Well, apparently someone at Norfolk Southern did not get the memo because sure enough as runners headed towards the track they had to wait for a train to pass. Can you imagine trying to PR or BQ at this marathon and having to stop and wait for a train???? Needless to say there were some very unhappy runners. This made national news and they even talked about it on Good Morning America. I can't find the GMA video but you can watch this one from one of the runners.
So my PT and I were talking about this incident a few days after it happened and he shared a funny story with me. He told me about a time he was training for a marathon. He was in the military at the time and was stationed in South Dakota. He was out on a training run but had to make it back to the base to start his shift. He also was stopped by a train and there was no other route he could take to get back. The train was moving slowly and it was very long. After waiting about 10 minutes, he worried that he would be late ( and you know you can not be late when you work on the military base). So anyway, he just decided to run through the cars. they were going slow enough that he though he could do it. He ran along with the train for a few moments and then he made the jump. It was a success and he made it to the other side uninjured.
EXCEPT.....waiting on the other side of the track for the train to pass was a police car. The officer saw what my PT had done and he fined him for violation at a railroad crossing.
I got a little chuckle out his story and I thought maybe you would too. Enjoy your day folks! -M
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