- Make sure stopped cars see you when entering an intersection.
- Avoid the paper boy.
Let's begin with rule number one. When running about streets that cars consider their own, each runner is responsible for not getting hit. In a perfect world, the drivers of these cars would be responsible for not hitting the runner - but it is never worth the risk to assume any driver is looking for runners. For this reason, runners and pedestrians must be responsible for establishing eye contact with anyone stopped before entering an intersection. Never, never, never, assume that a driver sees you.
Rule number two is a bit more random. Early morning is paper delivery time. I have found that the person delivering these papers is a dangerous one. That paper delivery person must be avoided at all costs. Does anyone out there know what I mean? The Paper Person drives fast. And always on the wrong side of the road. Or in a zig-zag formation. All lights are on in this Paper Person's vehicle. Paper Person is usually looking down as if reading something - the paper route, perhaps. That Paper Person's eyes are rarely looking at the street for other cars, let alone people running.
Wednesday mornings are speed work mornings. The gang and I met at 4:55 for two miles then a 4 mile tempo. (A tempo run is one in which you run fast but not all-out fast. This particular tempo had a 15k to half marathon pace.) There were three of us up front today (that's me bragging about being up front, by the way. But I won't mention that the fast people were recovering from races and that's why I was up front.)
Radracer and I were doing our own version of speedy gonzales. We were cruising down 400 West in Lindon. There isn't a lot of traffic around those parts in the way early morning, so things were going nicely. Until. Until we approached an intersection wherein a car was coming up the hill. That car had a stop sign.
We kept running. I decided to swing out wide, so that when the car stopped, he/she would be able to see us. I reasoned that once the car stopped, we'd be more than half-way through the intersection.
Except the car didn't stop. He blew right through stop sign - dome lights on and reading something in his lap. Classic Paper Boy. That Boy missed hitting Rad by only a foot and missed me by three or so. And because the Boy had his eyes in his lap, he didn't even know we were there!
Meanwhile, two houses up on the opposite side of the street, a police officer was parked and half-asleep. Outnback ran past the officer's window and startled the poor cop just in time for the cop to witness the near auto-pedestrian collision. Mr. Police Officer had that Paper Boy pulled over quicker than you can say What The Hell?!
Made me think of another near-miss. We all spent the rest of the run being more grateful than normal.
Here's a diagram just in case I totally confused you. (I offer my diagram services if any of you are interested.)