Unpleasant Running Experiences………….

My first post in a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time again, and here I go kicking things off with a rant! I’m sorry, it just has to be said.

Now I know that my friends don’t do this, and I’ll bet 99.999% of people out there are far more considerate, so my apologies, this is not meant to offend, I just need to get this off my chest.

Please, please, PLEASE when walking along on the pavement with one or more friends, particularly when one or more of you are walking with a pushchair, suitcase, large dog, etc., or when CYCLING WITH A FRIEND SIDE BY SIDE ON THE PATH (yes that really happened to me today) please don’t take up the WHOLE path and push the innocent jogger (who has already moved to one side and is looking hot and knackered and in need of a lie-down) onto the road……….. It in’t nice, it isn’t fair and it isn’t safe! It’s very upsetting and stressful for the jogger who has to then jump in front of a car before the suitcase wheels over her foot or she gets knocked into the hedge.

And as for the WHITE VAN MAN LEERING AND BEEPING AS YOU’RE RUNNING ALONG – *collapses in the chair* – I have no words. I guess just thanks for the appreciation??

However, all was forgiven when an exceptionally polite lady stood to one side with her daughters on a narrow stretch and let me go huffing and puffing past, encouraging me with a smile!

To all the runners out there, I’m sure you’ve experienced similar, and I know there’s no point getting upset or angry – people will do what they want, when they want – but I would encourage you to keep smiling and thanking those who help. Who know’s, perhaps our friendly nods and words of appreciation (or just our red faces) will make someone think next time they see a lesser-spotted jogger, and they will clear some space for a fellow human being.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

Albert Camus

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