ya know, i never claim to be perfect, but i think i follow decent etiquette when running in the park. stay in the rec lane, keep to the right and let faster people pass on the left, share the road and all that jazz…after all, the Flyers are very respected in the running community-leading by example or something like that.
and as i’ve bitched before, Tuesday nights are a very crowded night in the park when doing speedwork. and now, i found that it’s even too crowded when just doing a normal training run. i was doing 4 miles, the middle 4 loop clockwise (wanted to get across the 102nd street transverse before it started getting darker)…yeah, i know it’s against the flow of traffic, but i wasn’t the only one running in that direction. by then, the cars were out of the park and i was keeping to the right, keeping a watchful eye of those running in the opposite direction. so i’m running on the east drive, and was probably just north of the reservoir when i felt a big group of people (some in highlighter-esque singlets-now you know who i’m talking about) coming up behind me, practically running on my ass. i hated the feeling of being tailgated by a large group and wondered why they just didn’t go around me-oh no, they own the road i guess. soon enough i’d just f*cking had it and stepped off the road to let them have their f*cking way and pass me. and if that wasn’t enough, as i approached Cat Hill, other huge groups of runners in highlighter singlets were taking up the entire damn road yet again, forcing me out of the rec lane (and having a couple close calls with cyclists in the process.)
you know, i try and show other runners-whatever team they run for, or if they’re “unattached”-a little respect on the road-is it too much to f*cking ask to receive some in return? i originally didn’t think so, but i guess it is.
(man, did that run get me steamed up. good thing i censored myself in this post.)