Nothing gets in the way of my Sunday run. It’s where I do my best thinking. I can solve any problem. In fact, on more than one occasion I have solved most of the worlds’ problems. It was on a Sunday run where I decided Kari and I should actually write a dog book, where I envisioned how I wanted the illustrations to look, where I mulled over getting on Facebook, Instagram and where I even decided to embrace the blog. These runs are sacred. That is why I find it so unfortunate that I frequently encounter certain people on my run that don’t understand the rules of the road, and thus disrupt my epic problem solving.
Group 1: Walkers who walk in the middle of the path. Please stay to one side. It is so much easier to pass you when you are off to one side. As you are walking, there will always be people needing to pass you. I run to one side because I know there are obviously many faster runners who will need to pass me. When you are in the middle and you hear someone coming, there is always confusion as to which side you should move to and it inevitably becomes an ordeal. Please stay to one side. Either one, it doesn’t matter.
Group 2: Walkers with dogs. Again, share the road. Keep your dog near you and for goodness sake do not use a retractable leash. It is an accident waiting to happen. If you have your dog with you, keep them close and don’t let them off leash. Besides the fact that is illegal to have your dog off-leash, it is inevitable that poop will be missed. As I am a runner, not a hurdler, it would be preferable not having to dodge dogs, weave around poop piles, and leap over leashes or small dogs nipping at my heels on my Sunday run.
Group 3: Cyclists. First of all, cyclists do not belong on the sidewalk while at the same time walkers do not belong in the bike lane. Second and this applies to all, stay in a single file when passing people. There will be areas where we all have to share the bike lane and it is common courtesy to pass others in a single file. As bike lanes tend to be narrow, the alternative is to face either the oncoming traffic or embrace the ditch.
As I continue to resolve the world’s problems and focus on my creativity during my Sunday runs, please help me keep my focus by observing the rules of the road!