We read the news today of a runner in Virginia who was struck and killed by a vehicle on Monday 1/13/2014. From all accounts she was running against traffic and running in a 2 ft. wide shoulder. The driver of the vehicle has been arrested for DUI and Manslaughter.
The runner, Meg Cross Menzies, A Boston 2014 qualifier with a 3:05 2012 Philadelphia Marathon time, she was in training for this spring’s Boston.
A facebook event for this Saturday has been organized to dedicate your run – short or long to honor Meg and raise awareness for the overall safety of runners and cyclists.
I will be dedicating my long run on Saturday to to Meg’s Miles. Here is the quote from the facebook site—
—This Saturday, January 18, 2014, no matter what your distance, no matter where you live, run for Meg. Take in the fresh air, be aware of your surroundings, keep your headphones on low, feel the heaviness in your lungs, the soreness in your legs, and be grateful for it–for all of it. The sweat, the pain, the wind, the cold…everything. Be grateful for that moment.—-
Always remember to be aware of your surroundings when you are running or riding. Leave the headphones at home and enjoy the outdoors and wear bright / reflective clothing.
I am pretty well known for wearing bright clothing and doing whatever I can to be seen by other users of the road or trail I am running or riding on. Got a choice between wearing dark clothing or something bright for your next run or ride – go bright!
Do your run Saturday (1/18/14) and when you get to the point that you always reach – do I ease or do I push through – think of those like Meg or others in life that can’t run…and push through to reach your goals.