Hello, Tuesday! Tuesdays are my favorite day of the week- they’re my day off. Sunday’s and Tuesday’s. Sunday’s are nice to have off, but they’re generally filled with human interaction- brunch, dinner, activities. Tuesday’s are just me. My one day of not talking to anyone, not smiling unless I force myself, and not needing to fake laugh at anyone’s jokes. Just me, myself, and a marathon of Law and Order SVU.
I have a habit of needing to set anywhere between 7 and 10 alarm clocks for the mornings. Ideally one goes off every 7 min (that way if I hit snooze they are not overlapping). In 3.5 years this has never caused any sort of problem in mine and Pat’s relationship- the kid could sleep through a bus driving into the apartment- but today he woke up, and it really pissed me off that he kicked me out of bed. I know it shouldn’t make me upset, in fact if I were him I probably would have stabbed me by the time Niki Minaj’s “Super Bass” started playing for the 3rd time.
Who doesn’t want to wake up to that? (source)
I love mapping out running routes. No, you will never see my maps. I will never make them public or post them via twitter while I’m running the dark, past a row of bushes, with no means of self defense. This may make some of you upset, but I think people who post their runs are asking for trouble. I’ve read too many stories (and have spent too much time with Benson and Stabler) to do stuff like that. The fact is, we like the people we talk to and are buddy buddy with online, but stranger danger kids, stranger danger. I know, you’re all adults, but as it gets nice out, and we get more and more excited to be playing outside- please consider not posting where and when you run every single day, yes we like our friends, and it’s cool that technology is so up to date, but if it’s public, anyone can see it and it probably won’t be a talent agent or a long lost sibling that simply wants to go for coffee.
Addition: Never post live runs online. Why? Because people on the internet are crazy.
Ya get my drift? (source)
I think seasons take hold of our common sense. We get excited, and happy, and sometimes we forget that we live in a real world, where real bad things happen. During the winter we are all super careful runners. We watch for ice, we don’t go out if there’s a chance of frost bite, and we all wear shoes regardless of of preferred running method. In the summer; we throw on shorts, headphones, a smile and are on our way.
Look how happy these kids are! Just kidding- they hate their parents for making them wear matching shirts.
So let’s remember a few things:
1) Take the headphones off if you’re running on a busy road. You need to be aware of what’s happening around you, don’t focus so much on your favorite song, or what’s for dinner- think about not being hit by a semi.
2) Run facing traffic. Seriously, it kills me every time I see someone running with traffic. I don’t know about you but I don’t get a thrill out of large vehicles sneaking up behind me and whizzing by!
3) It’s not the drivers job to look for you. Okay, it is, but they won’t, so take responsibility. We all see those drivers every day who are putting on makeup, rocking out to their favorite tune, or yelling at their 7 kids in the back seat. There are so many distractions for them so take one off their plate. Watch them; make sure they see you- and if they don’t; get out of their way.
4) Dogs. We all love dogs. But let’s be real, they’re not so cute when you’re on a run and all the sudden that one that you thought was inside an invisible fence is just steps behind you. If you see a dog, change sides of the street. If one starts chasing you- stop running. I read probably 10 stories last summer of runners being bit by dogs. It’s not really our fault, but come on.
5) Bring some sort of ID with you. Okay, I’m 100% guilty of not doing this, but it’s a pretty good idea and I should start (I won’t). If you have ID with you it will be way easier to identify your body after you’re attacked by someone’s dog (you couldn’t hear them coming because of your music) who followed your runs online. Just sayin’.
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