10/21/2011 1:19 PM
I'm a runner. For the past few years, I have been enjoying early morning runs. When I say early morning, I'm talking 4:30 or 5:00. Yes it's dark, but since there are so few cars on the road and I can see their headlights from quite a distance away, I have found that I can feel safe running right in the middle of the road and relying moonlight. This plan has worked flawlessly hundreds of times. Then there was Monday.
I was 7 miles into a 10 miler when a car started coming towards me. I moved to the left shoulder of the road but didn't slow down. Then it hit me. Not the car, thank goodness. No it was a branch sticking out into the bike lane. I didn't see it coming so I didn't flinch or close my eye. I just hit it head on with an open eye. After curling up in a ball on the side of the road for a few minutes, I got up and ran home so my wife could take me to the ER. I learned a few things this week:
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