Thursday, September 27, 2012

Share the Road

As a runner, it infuriates me when motorists selfishly hog the road. It's as though I do not even exist, or that my safety does not matter. Therefore, I have compiled a list of things I wish that I could share with drivers as they pass me by on my morning run.

  • Yes, that's me- in the bright neon yellow tank top. It is not just a fashion statement. I am wearing it for my safety. So YOU CAN SEE ME. Please do not race up within inches of me while driving 50 mph {The speed limit is 40 mph. Just FYI. Wouldn't want you to get pulled over by that cop car I saw on mile 3 now would we?}

  • I know that I do not have the typical physique of a marathon runner-yet- but at least I am doing something about it. Please do not gawk and stare and point at me while you chow down on your donut and sip your venti Starbucks coffee. A friendly wave will suffice. 

  • Don't throw your trash on the side of the road. I really do not want to step in your leftover, half eaten burger from McDonald's or side step that broken beer bottle while I run. It's disgusting. Not to mention it smells awful...

  • Yes, I may be walking alongside of a well traveled road right now, but I just finished running-10 miles in fact. It's called a cool down. You don't need to stare at me as you pass or honk your horn in frustration. It's kind of rude, actually. 

  • I spend money to purchase devices that will make it easier for you, the motorist, to see me while I run. Please get off of your cell phone and pay attention to what you are doing. I do not want to end up in a morgue because you were scanning Facebook and Twitter while you drive. 

Okay, rant over. Just had to get that off my chest. {deep breath} I feel better already.

Are you a runner or a cyclist? What other advice would you give to motorists in order to keep us safe and share the road? I'd love to hear your thoughts.


  1. Great advice! I am thankful the little area I live in is quiet and clean - I don't generally have to worry about traffic or grot - and I'm sorry you do! Thank you for sharing these thoughts; your safety is important! xo

  2. Yes yes yes!!!!! I am also a runner and get so fed up with motorists feeling the need to sit in their cars judging me on my performance. Rude remarks shouted from windows, usually by men, are the worst. I have been known to make a not so Godly response. On Sunday I am running a 10K through some small villages with very narrow lanes. They are not diverting traffic so we all have to be careful. There are signs up already warning drivers but you can bet that we will still be shouted at for being in the road as they go flying round corners at ridiculous speeds. Grrrr! Sorry, didn't mean to rant as well!!!!

  3. These are all such good points. I got so frustrated that I let them win - I try to only do trails for my long runs now, I just don't feel safe on the roads!


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