Thursday, December 4, 2008

Vanity, astronomy and sad news

Wow chilly morning run this morning. Actually had to break out the tights. I know my readership will now be clamoring for a picture, but I'm sorry - not going there. This just isn't that kind of blog. Plus, it's hard to take a picture of your own butt - and I'd hate not to do its gloriousness justice...

Saw another shooting star this morning, in almost the same place in my run as last week. More toward Orion this time, maybe about 100 yards earlier on my route. Now I'll be forever looking up at the skies on that section of the loop. Hope I don't trip over a speed bump or something... Couldn't come up with a wish this morning. Maybe just to see more of them?

In the news yesterday here in Reno: A 77 year old jogger was struck by a car and killed. He was from out of town, here for a convention, and was out for a pre-dawn run. It was a pretty busy intersection, one that I've run through in the mornings sometimes. Who knows what the specifics were - how well he knew the area, whose fault it was, etc. I just want to reassure anyone who might worry about me out running in the dark that I'm a VERY careful runner. I'm a motorcyclist as well, and one thing that I take from that to running is never to assume that the other person sees you. I don't run with headphones anymore, and listen very carefully for cars. If there's one anywhere near me, I make sure that I'm nowhere where I'm in danger. And I try to stay away from the busier streets - on this morning's run, I actually only saw 3 moving cars, one of which was a police cruiser. For what it's worth...

2 comments:

SnowLeopard said...

Yes, a very appropriate title for this blog. I used to run at night in the dark (10 years ago!), but I used to stick to the track (I relied on it's flatness so I wouldn't totally eat it) by my house and took the dog with me. I never felt quite comfortable though- I always hoped that I'd be able to out-run any pursuers, and carried a little can of mace. I've always thought you are brave to run in the dark- good that you're so careful!

Marcy said...

How sad about that man :-( I'm SUPER paranoid while running in the dark (more so at night than in the morning LOL)