While Dan has been on the last little bit of his break between school and real life, I've been taking advantage of my little windows of opportunity or "WoO"s as P so eloquently blogged about over HERE at "Adventures of an Average Athlete" and running in the afternoon with Jonny and Leona. This has been good for my running because its added some variety into what was starting to become a somewhat monotonous running routine. I get to enjoy a little sunshine and my two little ones get to enjoy a little stroller napping. It has also given Calvin and Emmeline a little break from their somewhat obnoxious pest of a little sister, who being the sweet little angel she is, enjoys playing with them by turning off the Wii mid game, stealing their toys and scribbling on their projects. Not to mention the fact that it has also given me the opportunity to seriously sleep in the last couple of days - and when I say seriously sleep in, I mean it, we're talking almost 8am two days in a row... definitely beats the 4am wake up to run time! (It pays to have children old enough/tall enough/resourceful enough to get their own breakfast before 7.)
However, there is also a downside to running with a double jogger... after lunchtime... in the summer. If you've had the opportunity to push or have one be pushed by you, you may have noticed that they are kind of big, that's big as in take up the whole sidewalk, run over everything in its path kind of big. This isn't really a problem unless of course, you're oh, I don't know, say... running down a sidewalk... after lunchtime... in the summer. Lets just say, it was a bit crowded for my afternoon run yesterday. I'm always extra conscious about running with the double jogger. I try to avoid the University area if its in between classes, I try not to venture out too early on garbage day, I try to make myself (and the gargantuan stroller) as small as possible... but sometimes people and things just can't be avoided. I've never actually hit anyone although I did once almost clip a yippity little dog that tried to attack me. I usually feel that it's my responsibility, as the runner, on the sidewalk, with the wide load to do my best to acquiesce to the needs of those pedestrians in my path.
There are a few scenarios, however, where I don't feel that I need to make as much concession:
1. Bikers. I get irritated if I have to move for bikes... kids on bikes I understand, but college aged kids and adults really annoy me... especially if there is a bike lane, which most of the streets here in Eugene have. Come on people, on the sidewalks, on your bike, get out of the way. "It's a side WALK, not a side Ride." (as quoted by Dan Higgins)
2. Inconsiderate pedestrians. I really get annoyed with people walking side by side. Okay, not so much people walking side by side, but people who do so and make no attempt to go single file as they begin to cross paths with me. Do you really want to play chicken with a double stroller people? I will run you over... Okay, I guess I probably won't because yesterday, there was a couple out for a stroll, with their little rat-dog and they made absolutely no attempt to go single file or even scoot over as our paths crossed and I completely abandoned the sidewalk for the little bit of grass by the street in order to not make contact, but the point is I COULD run you over and maybe next time I will. You should at least make an attempt to move...
Is there anything that seems to really bug you when you're running... maybe you get annoyed by double joggers on the sidewalk? :) Or runner's in the bike lane if you're riding? How 'bout slow people in the fast lane at lap swim or the other way around? (Apparently I've opened my blog up to hear your complains... so gripe away, you'll feel better. :P)