Almost "Run" Over

This morning I was out for a 5 mile run. I had left a little late so it was around 6 am when I was finishing up my last mile. It was still pretty dark as I was running down a hill back towards the neighborhood, but I could see another runner running towards me.

As this runner and I closed in on each other I noticed the running style from someone I have seen running around the area lately. This runner has a unique running style - he is always looking straight down at the ground.

I thought to myself, surely he will hear me coming and look up, but then we got a little close for comfort and he was running directly in the middle of the sidewalk. I finally spoke up and scared him. He jumped and we barely missed each other as we fumbled by each other. Interesting to say the least.

I am in the process of trying to get my groove back after a couple weeks of messed up schedules around vacation. Hopefully I will be back in the groove by the weekend.

My training has officially begun for the marathon - more to come soon!

Tim Wilson - blog.262quest.com - subscribe - follow - virtual4now

20 comments:

  1. Making another runner almost pee his pants... priceless. Hopefully it will encourage him to run with his head up

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  2. for someone who saw the guy in advance you still almost plowed into him? ;) careful out there. at least running into a person is less painful/deadly than a tree falling on you or getting hit by a car like the news stories lately.

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  3. crikey! that's pretty scary stuff. people who run like that--with absolutely no regard whatsoever--need to stick to trails, where they can just scare the wildlife. :(

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  4. We have to think for others - not only for our own (obvious) safety, but so that they learn perspective from our act of kindness.

    We love others, by doing things for them that we wish others would do for us.

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  5. Good luck with training, I hope to run Chickamauga one year, since it's so close...

    I guess that guy was in the "zone" but when your running, and especially that early, always pays to have your head on a swivel..

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  6. normally the runners aren't the problem, but the walkers!...i find myself scaring the living daylights out of walkers when i simply run by them...i try to give them enough space between me and them but i still scare people often. Even when I speak up and give alittle warning they get scared. I can't win!

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  7. Thanks all for the comments -

    Lindsay - I was running on the edge, we still almost hit because he jumped all over so much :)

    About being scared - I have been scared my share of times - even this morning when running a biker rode up behind me on the sidewalk and said something right as he came up behind me - scared me quite a bit.

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  8. Good luck in your training. What marathon are you aiming for?

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  9. Don't want to end up with another broken shoulder eh!

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  10. HAHA, a friend of mine had a runner run into her car on a road. He was running in her lane, right toward her car with his eyes closed, she stopped completely, and the guy just kept running. He was all pissed and mad, saying she hit him, but there were witnesses who were like "dude, run with your eyes open". Running is no time to catch up on your nap!

    GOOD LUCK with the marathon training. SO exciting!

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  11. Andrew - true true!

    Ulyana - thanks! (I haven't heard of a runner running into a car before - funny)

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  12. Why on earth do you need to look down while you are running, looking out for other runners is way more important than looking down for worms! Good luck with training!

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  13. This is a great blog that you have here. I have a sports blog myself where we cover a wide range of sports. I was wondering if we could do a link exchange. We have to stick together.

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  14. Tri Queen and Jason - thanks for stopping by and the kind words!

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  15. Yay for marathon training. I have startled people before, mainly because I am paranoid when it is dark out and stay extra alert.

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  16. I am saying Yay now too - but we will see when I get closer to 20 :)

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  17. Why on earth do you need to look down while you are running, looking out for other runners is way more important than looking down for worms! Good luck with training!

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  18. Good luck in your training. What marathon are you aiming for?

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