WTF Wednesday, Passing on your left!

When we were in Nokomis, I ran on the Legacy Trail every day because I love it.  Of course, like any other multi-use trail, you share it with other runners, walkers and bicyclist.  I don’t usually mind.  Most of the time I’m running by myself and when I do run or walk with someone else we do the single file thing if anyone approaches, and I always run as far to the right as possible, and pass on the left.  Those are the rules, you see.

runningI also keep my speed under 10 miles an hour because those are also the rules and no one likes a show off anyway.  (I’m totally kidding, obviously.)

Most people on the trail are very courteous.  There tends to be two types of bikers in my experience.  The first kind is the happy biker who loves the adrenaline rush and always says hi or waves as he passes.

happy biker

Well, hey right back atcha happy biker!

The other type is the ‘triathlete in training’ or as I like to call them, the asshole.  This is the person who is so focused on his ride, he just yells out ‘passing on your left’ and then blows past you so fast you get a nice breeze.

biker

Move out of the way, I’m in a race… with myself.

At least he leaves you with a nice breeze, I’m usually thankful for that part.  But I ain’t gonna lie, sometimes those bikers are scary because they fly by you and come up on you so fast, you don’t realize they’re there until they blow past you.

crazy bikersOccasionally you get the group of bikers, some are friendly, some are not, some are mixed.  It varies but I try to be nice to everyone. Unless they run over me.  Then I might not be nice.

Last week, two bikers were behind me and I was running very close to the edge on the right side of the trail.  For some reason they didn’t want to go single file to pass so as they approached the guy yelled for me to move over.  At first I thought I heard him wrong but then he yelled again.  I was so close to the edge if I moved over I would have been off the trail.  He had two thirds of the trail.  What did he expect me to do?

not coolI turned and looked and there was no reason for me to move over, other than they were side by side and didn’t want to go single file, so I did the only thing I could do which was stand my ground because, oh hell no!

And that’s when they passed me, (single file, I win!) and the guy vigorously pointed to the side of the road and yelled “MOVE OVER NEXT TIME!”

Who the fuck does that?

I figured since he liked hand signals so much I’d reciprocate.  So, I pointed right back.  Only maybe I pointed up and I probably didn’t use my pointer finger.

Mr. Rogers

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor….won’t you be mine?

WTF, It’s Wednesday and people should be happy when they exercise or at least neighborly.  Am I right?

Did you watch Mr. Rogers as a kid?  I loved him.  It was the changing sweaters and shoes thing, and how he always put his things away. I felt like he completely understood my OCD in a way that Big Bird and Cookie Monster never could.

WTF Wednesday, runners should not die during races, period.

Arthur Knochenhauer was just shy of his 81st birthday.  He was a retired veterinarian who only began running at the very young age of 72.

This past weekend he competed in the Michelob ultra Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon.

He did not finish.

Arthur Knochenhauer

He was struck down by a BMW who crossed over the blocked off course and Mr. Knochenhauer later died at the hospital.

WTF?  What is wrong with people?  Clearly the course was marked.  I cannot for the life of me imagine what on earth would prevent someone from seeing the obstacles blocking the roadway, or the runners on the course, or the spectators holding signs.  What would cause a person to be so careless?  WTF?

My heart just aches for this man’s friends and family.  God bless him and may he rest in peace.

Thursday things to share

It’s Thursday, time to talk about things I’ve read and other stuff.  Things that I think might interest you, make you think, or make you move.

Rest Day

This first article really caught my attention because I do have a hard time taking rest days. That sounds  crazy to some people but for me, I like to be doing something all the time.  If I don’t exercise I just don’t feel complete but I know that everyone needs rest days but how many and how often?

Read all about Exercise Recovery and how long you should rest between workouts here.

As a runner, I know that strength training and weight workouts are good for me, in fact I would consider them necessary.  I just never know what exactly to do and whether it’s better to do more reps with lighter weights or less reps and heavier weights and for that reason this article from Shape Magazine caught my eye.

What do a condom company and athletes have in common?

SKYN!

SKYN is a condom company who has developed a line of athletic wear.called SKYNFEEL.

skynfeelCheck it out here.

I’m not sure how I feel about the clothing but it doesn’t look like he’s wearing a condom…

Warning:  The next article I wanted to tell you about has information regarding eating disorders, if this is a trigger for you, you may want to skip this.

This next article appeared in the NY Post and I found it interesting.  I’m always reading articles about women with eating disorders but the twist here is that the person in this article is a man.  I found it interesting to read about anorexia from a man’s point of view.

men with anorexiaRead the full article here.

That’s all of the articles that I have to share this week but I did want to share one more thing with you.

Karina Vetrano went out for a run on Tuesday around 5PM as she had done many times before, only this time she didn’t return.  Sadly, her father found her body later that night.  A victim of a sexual assault, Vetrano had been strangled.  I cannot even begin to imagine the pain her family must feel.  My prayers go out to her family and friends.

If you live in the Howard Beach, NY area please be careful out running alone.  You should always exercise caution regardless of where you live but especially in the area where the perpetrator has not yet been caught.

Stay safe.