Saturday, May 4, 2013

Trail Etiquette

I've got some inner turmoil when it comes to trail etiquette. Whether it be road or trail, is of no consequence.

The rules state that one must run/ bike/ walk on the right side of the trail.

When passing (on the left) we must let the person in front of us know "passing on the left".

I have been a good, rule abiding runner...... Until now.

My new running partner runs next to me (I state the obvious). He runs on my left side. His distance from me varies anywhere from 6in to 2 feet. I don't know when he is going to move out a little further or come in closer.

I become very nervous when I think of a cyclist zipping by...... Sam (aforementioned running partner) gets really excited when people call out and wants to run toward them. I can't help it if he's super friendly.

The last thing I need is for Sam to get run over by a bicycle and add to his, already long, list of situational neurosis.

Since pleading, and reasoning, with him doesn't help....... I run on the very left side of the path. This way he is afforded his freedom of expression (I don't run in a straight line either so I'm not about to preach to him).

Am I being selfish by ignoring the rules? What would you do? If you are currently dealing with this situation, or have dealt with it, how do/ did you handle it?


Gotta run.
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