- I was almost hit by cars more times that I can count…people on cell phones cannot see anything, even if they are looking right at you. The most common place of my near misses was cars pulling out of driveways and only looking in one direction (some running gear can help, but people on cellphones cancel out all the effects of reflective clothing). Running Tip: It is very empowering to just run in front of these cars and make them slam on the brakes and stop and respect you…this is not a good idea, even if you have the right of way as the runner. Steel trumps bones and skin; you will lose.
- I did a 16.5 mile run in the one and only snow storm we had this year. It was like running in quick sand and I had to run off the road several times to avoid being buried by a plow. Running Tip: Do not run in big snow storms, it is not smart.
- I got blisters on the tips of 2 toes, yes, the tips of my toes – I did not think this was possible. Running Tip: Your body will do weird things after you run long distances.
- Most Embarrassing Moment: While running at 5:00 AM one morning in the dark, a car was coming up behind me with its headlights shined on my back. It reflected my shadow onto a white fence that I was approaching. I, not totally awake at this point, think the shadow is a person dressed in all black, running out of the woods at me. My heart drops, I scream and run into the street narrowly missing the passing car.
Running Tip: If we are together and approached by a mugger I am most likely not going to be the one who rescues us.Running Tip: There is no tip associated with this story.
- Second Most Embarrassing Moment Narrated by Me While Running: (running by a house where I know a large Newfoundland (a/k/a a f***ing huge dog) resides) "there's that big dog again; good thing they have an electric fence" (the dog is now barking very loudly and running full speed at me) "Ummm…they have an electric fence, right? Yes, they must" (still coming fast and barking even louder) "is there an electric fence?" (I then run into the street screaming like a small child not looking to see if any cars are coming…the dog stops at the edge of the lawn) "yes, there was an electric fence -- I'm never running this way again, I hope no one heard my screams and I think may have peed my pants". Running Tip: Don’t run near dogs in general. In addition to scaring you, they can also run at your feet and cause you to hurt yourself. Also, dogs poop, I feel no further explanation is necessary.