Pedestrian Crossing

28 Feb

It has come to my attention that drivers are totally unaware of runners – even when you are running right in front of their car! Last Wednesday my friend/coach Ryan, another girl, and I were all out doing a 5k time trial. We almost didn’t run at all since it was windy, raining, and about 33 degrees – but its still more enjoyable than having to run on the treadmill. So as we were almost through the 2nd 5k loop we noticed a car that was waiting to pull out of a restaurant parking lot. I thought “no biggie, she can totally see us coming”. WRONG!!!! As I was running by her car she totally pulled out and hit all 3 of us! Ryan was trying to yell ahead to me and tell me to stop because she didn’t look before she pulled out but it was too late – I was already in front of her car. So of course he tried throwing both of us girls out of the way and ended up running right into the driver’s side door of her car. Its funny now, but the only thing that was going through my mind as I was pushing off the car’s hood was “not my legs – I have so many races to run” lol So we checked oursleves out to make sure no one was bleeding or broken and finished our run. What I learned: While it is common sense to look to your right and left before you pull out of a parking lot, there are lots of idiots who don’t. Don’t expect drivers to see you. Later that night my left shoulder started tightening up and then started hurting pretty badly Thursday and Friday so I went to the doc to have it checked out. Turns out I strained my rotator cuff and trapezius muscle so I’m on some muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory meds until it heals up. No planks for me for a couple weeks… BUT it could have been SO much worse, so I’m very thankful for that.

Anywho I took rest days on Thursday and Friday since I think my body was just shaken up from the whole thing. Both Saturday and Sunday’s runs went super well so I was excited for that. My training this week will switch from one track workout a week to two, 5k time trial on wednesday, indoor mile on Friday evening, then some more progressive runs during the weekend. I will also start doing 2-a-day runs at least on Sundays. Oh and my first outdoor 5k will be on Saturday morning! Not sure how good I’ll do with running the mile the night before, but its all for fun, right? 🙂 Here’s a look back at my last weeks training:

2/21         Run – 5.2 mi recovery (51:35) 34* rain
                   Bike – 30 min easy

2/22        Run – 2.6 mi w/u (27:20)
                   Run – 8 x 400 (12:40) ISU outdoor track (1:28, 1:37, 1:36, 1:35, 1:34, 1:38,1:37, 1:35) 25*, windy, and snow
                   Run – 1 mi c/d easy

2/23        Run – 1 mi w/u easy – 29* rain
                   Run – 2 x 5k loop easy (22:50, 25:09)
                   Bike – 30 min easy

2/24         OFF

2/25         OFF

2/26         Run – 6.5 mi (56:29) 31* mist

2/27         Run – 11.2 mi – 1:36 (middle 7 miles progressive) 38*, 20mph wind (yuk!)
                    9:25 warm-up
                    9:13 warm-up
                    8:36
                    8:20
                    8:13
                    8:08
                    8:14 (turning into the wind)
                    7:57
                    7:48 
                    9:43 recovery
                    9:38 recovery

Totals:    Run – 35.6 mi   ****new weekly high!!****
                     Bike –  1 hour

Next race is the indoor mile at North Central College in Naperville, IL!!! Then Miller Park 5k in Bloomington, IL!! Ooooh and I just ordered some Nike arm sleeves and matching Nike gloves that I can’t wait to wear for 5k’s instead of a long-sleeve shirt or coat!!

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7 Responses to “Pedestrian Crossing”

  1. bearrunner February 28, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    Drivers are never paying attention. I especially like it when approaching an intersection and the driver is looking the other direction and never looks in the one the runner is comeing. Theb your hands end up slamming the front of their car

    • Ritter March 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

      I always hate when you push the button to cross the road and then some idiot still turns right in front of you even though you have the walk signal!

  2. lindsay March 1, 2011 at 5:41 am #

    OH MY GOSH!! I amso glad you are okay. I know, drivers never look both ways anymore. I’ve come close way too many times. Glad you are okay. Lots of ibuprofen!

    oh and I’ve mdae fuel cookies! Specifically made for long run and rides. They work great! Let me know if you try them. I couldn’t find your email so I just left a comment. Hope thats okay.
    🙂
    http://www.cottercrunch.com/2011/02/whats-working-wednesday.html
    http://www.cottercrunch.com/2011/02/in-between.html

    • Ritter March 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

      Thanks!! Yep, comments are always welcome 🙂 I’ll let you know what recipes I try!!

      • lindsay March 16, 2011 at 10:39 am #

        just wanted to say thank you for your kind words on my blog. Hope you are doing well! Are you all recovered from the hit? Keep me posted.

  3. Brit March 1, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    How scary! Chris came very close to getting hit by a car during our long run on Saturday. Same deal, lady pulling out of a parking lot, didn’t look. Fortunately he realized that she didn’t notice us.

    You had awesome runs last week! Good luck at your 5K on Saturday!

    • Ritter March 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

      I definitely put too much trust in drivers – I won’t make that mistake again! Glad to hear Chris made it without getting hit!

      Thanks 🙂

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