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DRIVERS LOOK OUT for runners!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

I'm sorry but I'm just so fed up w/ people who drive and don't look out for us runners, bikers, walkers. What happened to pedestrians have the right of way.

The other day I actually had to slam my hands on some guys hood so he would know I was there. He practically hit me. He was coming out of a side street and only looked 1 way, started to pull out and didn't even see me. What happened to looking both ways before you go. That's not the first time something like that has happened while running.

Then there are the people who pull up over the cross walk so you either have to go out in the street to get around them or way behind them. It's just rude I think.

The worst are the people who park on the sidewalk. I thought sidewalks were for people. What! people running by should have to risk getting hit by running in the road so your precious car doesn't get scratched. I voiced this to some people who stopped at a yard sale right in front of me as I was running. Am I the invisible runner or does this happen to other people.

Anyway my point is PLEASE try to be more considerate to runners and other pedestrians out on the road when your driving. Just make a point to look out.

Feel much better now that I've vented, lol

  
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KATRINIA17 11/13/2009 5:01PM

    I have to agree with most of this. I say most because I live in the state of Washington and the subject of pulling up and taking over the side walk happens often because everyone parks on the side of the road all the way up to the curb (I guess this is legal up here!). Anyways, you pretty much have to pull up nearly past these cars in order to see traffic coming and going and due to that, you end up blocking the sidewalk. I never had this issue in AZ, just out here.

I use to run and ride all the time and yes, I dealt with all these issue. Just last week I saw a biker get hit by a SUV...ugh and they were both at a red light and he was crossing on a walk. Some people just don't care.

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LORI-LU 8/17/2009 12:04PM

    Ah, the old runners vs. cars dilemma. As a former runner turned cyclist, I know your frustration well. Unfortunately, cyclists are even more in peril because we share roads, shoulders, and adjacent bike lanes with cars—often who are inattentive, speeding, or both. Oh, and don't even get me started of the runner vs cyclist dilemma that exists on mulit-purpose trails. Oi! That is a whole separate rant.

Drivers and runners each have rights and responsibilities. We should all anticipate each other for safety and civility's sake. I'd like to make the following suggestions to runners and drivers:

1. Drivers: Slow down! Especially in areas where runners may be (trails, parks, intersections)
2. Drivers: Keep all your windows clean so you can see clearly.
3. Drivers: Get off your cell phone!
4. Drivers: Look both ways! Especially when turning right. Typically drivers concentrate on the left.
5. Runners: Wear reflective vests and clothing so you are more easily seen.
6. Runners: Look and listen for traffic. Most of us like to run with our iPods, but make sure you can hear traffic.
6. Runners: Anticipate traffic at intersections.

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TAMTAM64 8/17/2009 11:43AM

    Well Said!!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 8/17/2009 5:40AM

    I agree with you! It is unnerving to ride my bike and think that I might be hit. I always see too extremes...people who swerve way over in the other lane and then people who drive by right next to me.
Crazy!! I don't want to think about what would happen if I was distracted for even a minute.
Thanks for venting!:)

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DUTCHIEKIWI 8/17/2009 12:35AM

    OH MY GOD, I SOOOOOO AGREE!!!

Dutchie

;)

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ALANOFLINY 8/16/2009 11:43PM

    I hear ya!! I've been hit by a car while bicycling, and routinely have pounded on the hoods or truncks of cars that don't get the meaning of a STOP sign. Personally, I think they need to legalize Star-Wars type lasers that bicyclists and runners are allowed to carry to legitimately vaporize the inconsiderate drivers' cars (wouldn't want to actually hurt the driver :-).

Anyway... it's good to vent sometimes. You may be preaching to the wrong audience here ... but go for it!! I'll be happy to pound hoods (and vaporize cars) with you :-)

Alan

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KERRIGIRL 8/16/2009 8:33PM

    I agree!! Many time when I am running, drivers are not considerate at all with our right of way. I had a guy pail out of a street and almost run my foot over a few months back. I am sure if the shoe was on the other foot, they would be just as angry... I don't get people sometimes. GLad however that you are SAFE!!!!

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ELISEL 8/16/2009 7:17PM

    I have been lucky enough to have never come close to being hit and I see more drivers where I am giving me a wide berth.

But, a couple of weeks ago I got to a crosswalk and jogged in place while 10 cars when past and did not stop. Hello, it's the law to stop a cross walks!! And there was no excuse as it was painted bright red and was very noticeable.

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Knee pain and bad luck

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I have severe OA in both my knees w/ multiple bone spurs. My left one is in pain mostly all the time worst right on knee cap. Well of course I managed to add to my pain by banging it right in the spot that hurts w/ a dumbbell last night. I saw stars for like 10 mins. I sat on the floor and didn't move for an hour

My bad luck continues when today I banged it on a table leg during an inservice at work. My co workers said I turned completely white. The pain was so bad I definitely almost passed out, wow. IT vibrated through my leg and just wouldn't quit. I haven't felt anything like that since before my surgery and my right knee dislocated 3x.

The story goes on. I tried Capzasin a topical ointment for arthritis to help w/ pain. It says it may cause some burning. Well I had an allergic rxn. My knee is bright red and was on FIRE!!!!! and I mean fire for 3hrs. Then I went to ER finally was able to relieve it w/ dishwashing liquid lol. It's still red but the burning has finally stopped. These things only happen to me. My family has nicknamed me Eeyore cuz i have a black rain cloud that follows me lol.

I'm scheduled for hyalgan injections Sept. 9 which I've been waiting for since Nov. but I have to see doc this week 4 x-ray or mri d/t injury. I hope they can give me something for pain cuz I'm going to Florida on vacation in 2wks. Although nothing ever works.

  
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TAMTAM64 8/13/2009 9:48AM

    Who knew that dishwashing liquid could stop the burning... hee hee I really admired your guts in sticking it out through the pain. Hope the pain gets better before you start your vacation! Take it easy & let us know what the doc has to say.

Tammy

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COOPSM 8/13/2009 6:16AM

    I am hoping that those shots bring you relief when you get them ..and that you are doing better today!!

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FLYFIGHTER 8/13/2009 4:50AM

    emoticon
rain, rain, go away!

hope it feels better soon and the docs can help you!

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ALANOFLINY 8/13/2009 12:42AM

    I knew that there was a reason you motivate me - you've got that "I'm going to do what I need to do, no matter what" attitude that I have. Sorry about the knee pain. You know all about my current situation. I have a left knee that basically looks like applesauce on the inside, since I was 18.

Anyway, hang in there and keep on truckin'. I sense you know when to slow down a bit and when to pick it up again. And even when to stop and rest for a couple of days. But I have complete faith. I've watched you're success here ... I know all these ailments painful as they are, (and as much a pain-in-the-butt, or in this case knee :) ... you are going to continue to be a success, a motivator and inspiration!!

Hugs,
Alan

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ROWDYWITH4 8/13/2009 12:02AM

    Yet, you keep going strong! emoticon

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GETTINGSERIOUS 8/12/2009 10:41PM

    I am sorry for all of your trials. I have osteoarthritis in so many areas of my body that is is easier to say that all of my body has it. I hope you get relief for your pain quickly.

Phil

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MICHLUVSBOSTON 8/12/2009 10:22PM

    I'm sorry for your pain, I know how frustrating and debilitating it is.
I am going thru neck shoulder pain that goes to my elbow, wrist and knuckles...and funny too, my collar bone area.
Anyway. I saw an amazing doctor and I'm on the mend. He gave me this weird steroid patch to wear for four hours with some battery pack in it. Anti inflammatory and PT are also prescribed, so I feel that stuff is happening and I feel better than I have since this started in early July.

Go in with a positive attitude as in THIS time IT IS going to work!
Anyway, good luck and feel better soon!

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MICHLUVSBOSTON 8/12/2009 10:20PM

    I'm sorry for your pain, I know how frustrating and debilitating it is.
I am going thru neck shoulder pain that goes to my elbow, wrist and knuckles...and funny too, my collar bone area.
Anyway. I saw an amazing doctor and I'm on the mend. He gave me this weird steroid patch to wear for four hours with some battery pack in it. Anti inflammatory and PT are also prescribed, so I feel that stuff is happening and I feel better than I have since this started in early July.

Go in with a positive attitude as in THIS time IT IS going to work!
Anyway, good luck and feel better soon!

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