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Cross walkers

As Runners (yup with a capital R) we seem to believe we own the road once our legs start pumping…cars should stop, bikes should stop, maybe the Earth should stop rotating I’m not sure, but clearly we matter more than anyone else on the road.

Maybe we’re all trying to summon our inner Kelly Bensimon…I’m not sure, but I’ve seen so much reckless running lately that I think we could all use a little wake up call about our safety.
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First let me introduce you to the signs you may have overlooked:
Crosswalk
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These little beauties will help you to locate good places to cross the street and when you should cross the street.  Having a RoadID won’t save you from the cars that don’t stop because you’ve bolted out in front of them, but it’s still a good thing to have with you in case you are doing everything right…and they aren’t.

I know that when I’m on a roll during a long run, the last thing I want is to STOP…so I’ll pause and try to find places to dash across the street. But with the increasing number of ways that drivers are distracted, I am finally learning that if I have to pause and break stride it’s worth it to arrive home.  I am mindful of all of this due to my recent accident… I know that I am an aware and alert driver, but it took only seconds for me to hit a car, not even a person! 

Are you guilty of this? Maybe I just see more of it being in a large city…do you see it?  NoPhoneZone
While Oprah may not be everyone’s favorite I am in LOVE with her NO PHONE ZONE pledge. I believe with every fiber of my being that we just take driving for granted and try to do too much.  Have you taken it? What do you think of it?

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31 comments:

  1. You are so right! Thanks for the reminder :)

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  2. I live about 1 minute away from a college campus. There are lots of crosswalks and red lights on my running route. Some runners that I know and love will go to great lengths not to stop...but not me! I usually relish the opportunity to stop and catch a breath or two. Sometimes, if it's a particularly hot day, I will even slow down so that the light has a chance to change from yellow to red...In my head, I am thinking; "Thank you, light!" LOL!

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  3. Yup - guitly - I need to have more respect for auto's - because they always win.

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  4. Our run group is pretty good with stopping..there are those who don't but unless there are ZERO cars in sight, I stop. I almost got nailed in the Fall by a driver not paying attention so I let 'em go.
    They are cars...and bigger than me.

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  5. Great post! I am actually forwarding this on to my friend Ellie. In our group she is our constant "safety marshall" and she would love this.

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  6. I like to think I run safe and smart, but the reminders never hurt.

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  7. I used to be a lot more reckless until I started running with a stroller. Since my kids literally the way I am overly cautious. This has become such a habit that I'm now even fairly careful when running without the kids, although I will admit I'll cross streets without waiting for a signal if they aren't too busy. :(

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  8. I'm not an Oprah fan [only because everyone else has it covered -- no other reason] but I MUST agree I do love the "no phone zone" thing.

    road safety?!?! - - Yet another BONUS for my treadmill running! :)

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  9. I'm definitely more smart about it now with all of the news of runners getting hit and now that I am a mom. I'm more cautious about running outside too and prefer trails or non traffic routes.

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  10. Well said! Since my scares last fall, I'm super aware when I drive AND when I run. Becuase you're right, I would rather arrive home alive then not break stride :)
    Happy Thursday!

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  11. I am very alert when I drive simply because I think of the times when I am the one sharing the road as a runner hoping that the drivers are paying attention.
    As a runner I am fortunate to live in a very rural area with little traffic but it only takes on distracted driver (or runner) to create a bad situation. Since I have the little one with me I remember that fact ever time I run.
    And I did start wearing my Road ID!

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  12. I try to be careful, especially since I do a lot of very early morning running. BUT, I am sometimes careless, so I needed the reminder. Thanks! :)

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  13. Oh I hear ya there! When I run I get frustrated at cars and when I'm driving I get frustrated at the runners. Horrible, isn't it?

    It's frustrating on both sides of the coin. The first marathon I trained for was in Athens Greece where they don't stop for ANYTHING-- not even stop lights or non-sense like that. Horrible to train in! I could never live in a HUGE city like that again.

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  14. i always follow road rules. im not a Runner but as a newbie runner, i prefer to make it home alive or at least with all my limbs in tact.

    when i run with music i make sure to only turn it up to the point that i can still hear cars going by and am still alert.

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  15. Living in Boston, I know exactly what you mean by trying to run safe and I must admit, I sometimes do make a "quick dash" to cross the road. Thanks for reminding me to take my time and be more careful.

    I have been reading your blog for awhile and recently started my own at http://katipet.blogspot.com/. Please check it out if you get the time. Thanks!

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  16. Hahaha I'm another one that loves the red lights! It gives me an excuse to catch my breath for a minute ;)

    I used to live right in Boston, which is notoriously bad in regards to drivers. But I used to run early enough that I didn't encounter too many cars along the way. But I agree with everything you said, we need to be careful! Too many people totally zone out as they go :(

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  17. I only have one road crossing that doesn't have a light or crosswalk that crosses a main road, but I WAIT for it to be clear!

    I find I have to be especially careful if I run past a supermarket/gas station. Drivers are almost never paying attention as they exit those places so I always go out of my way to run behind the car or make sure I make eye contact before running in front!

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  18. i talk on the phone but i have blue tooth so it's completely hands free.

    as for running...i think i'm pretty good but sometimes i do make bad judgement calls. where i think i can cross faster than i actually can. one time i was being good and some women damn near hit me b/c she was on her phone. i practically chased her down.

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  19. I say a little prayer of thanksgiving for every red light, for every car in my way. I'm still a little "r" runner as of yet, and NEED those breaks. In general though, I set my route to include as few crossings as possible.

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  20. hahha oh Kelly! I think she is seriously somewhat insane! I am very cautious with cars. But nothing irritates me more than when I try to cross at a cross walk with a sign that says- stop for pedestrians, its the law...and people basically run me over!

    Here is the cauli recipe:
    http://itzyskitchen.blogspot.com/2010/05/cauliflower-pizza-crust-mia.html
    I was planning on making this again and wanted to try adding a little bit of flour to the crust to make it just a hint more firm. If you try it- let me know how it turns out!

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  21. I agree! I actually just purchased cute pink reflective snap band bracelets (the kind I had for fun as a kid). While cellphones seem like the biggest offense, I found this snippet on eating and driving: http://www.fitandfabliving.com/index.php/general-family-health/6-dont-eat-and-drive.html.

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  22. so love the road id's! very good to have!

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  23. Good points on the road running. It is so true. Sometimes I want the cars to come to a hault for me while Im running, but it doesnt work that way.

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  24. I am petrified to run on main roads because of this. I basically stick to paved trails or neighborhoods, which is boring as all get out, but I'd be too nervous doing it any other way! Plus, I like my tunes LOUD which is not good on a car-filled road!

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  25. I definitely have made calls especially downtown Chicago when I just want to get through the mess of tourists!

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  26. OMG Seriously right?!

    Even when we are in the right, we need to remember that cars WILL win, even if its time for us to go... I always keep an eye out, being in the city drivers like to look one way and not the other..

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  27. I have to give my 2-cents worth on this one - back in college I was given a ticket and spent 20 hours doing community service for "Failure to Yield to Pedestrians in a Crosswalk"! Nuff said!

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  28. I'm always very cautious, being on the roads both as a Runner and a Cyclist. Same rules for both, makes it easier. Having already had brain surgery, I gotta protect what I've got left. I'm no cat either. I've had my second chance at life already, not sure I'll get 7 more ;)

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  29. We've got cell drivers here in AZ too. Boo!

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  30. Sometimes I wonder if some runners think they are invincible. I do see some silly runners out there darting in front of cars and such, or crossing through red lights - when no traffic is coming - but I cringe. it's frustrating to watch.

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  31. YOu are so right on this! Great reminder!

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