The “no excuses” runner would say that initial signs that you’re going to have a bad run are a chicken or egg situation. Usually nothing BAD happens, it is just the thought of having a bad run screws yourself out of a good one. Either way, when I woke up to rain in the middle of the Phoenix desert, I knew that nothing good could come of today’s run.
I had originally planned to do 12 miles with 8 miles of 6:30 pace tempo. It would have been an intense tempo run for sure. It is one of those that at the end you either feel very accomplished....or you finish up the conversation that you’re having with your dead grandmother who is floating 4 feet off the ground in front of you. Unfortunately, this morning one thing led to another because of some work I had to do before the run and a very firm deadline to get back by and I could only do 10.
|Got a few leaks under the hood too!|
It was during my pit stop in the bathroom that I decided to totally abandon the tempo and just slog through the miles. I did a pretty good job of that (read: they sucked.....a lot) but was essentially getting through them. That was, until the last stoplight before I go into my neighborhood. The light had JUST turned green but the “crosswalk button” hadn’t been pushed so it was still showing the red “don’t walk” hand. There were no turn lights on so the traffic was essentially free to go through the intersection – as well as the runners. Or so I thought.
So, I start to cross into the crosswalk and a cop turning left about hits me! I raise my hands about chest high doing the international “What the HELL are you doing, buddy?” motion when he stopped and told me that “the sign says don’t walk”. Since I’ve never been good with words, here is what I am talking about:
Of course, I used my likeness, George Clooney to represent me. It's like looking in the mirror.
While I was still on the road, I reminded the cop that the light was green and that it meant that I could cross. Unfortunately, this provoked him into fully rolling down his passenger window and stopping. Oppsies. He then tells me that I needed to wait until the “walk” sign was lit to which I
Okay seriously - am I in the wrong here? I’ll admit that I jaywalk ALL the time when the light is red, not in cross walks, etc but I really think that I was in the right on this one. Was I?
Of course, totally unrelated... On my todo list is to set up a full day “traffic school” because I got my picture taken going through a light that had turned red too fast. This was my first ticket in 15 years!