My running group usually runs right near our store on our week day runs. During the winter, we can't run on several of our normal routes because it's too dark. But, we do run through this townhouse neighborhood just up the way from us. Typically, there are several cars going in and out of the main road, but there are speed bumps and it's a residential neighborhood. We run towards traffic, wear reflective gear and carry lights.
Last night, we were off of the main road, heading back toward it, when a woman in an SUV drove our way and stopped about 50 feet ahead of us and then laid on her horn. When we got up to her, she rolled down her window and started yelling:
Woman: You can't run here! It is dangerous to everyone!!
Me: Seriously? Do you realize you're talking on your cell phone while you're driving right now? [note: talking on a cell phone while driving without a hands free device is illegal in Maryland]
Running Friend Robin: You're doing something illegal!
Me: Of course we can run here.
Woman: You cannot run here! I'm going to call the police!
Me: I'm sorry, but isn't this a public road?
Woman: Yes! [spoken as if I somehow proved her point]
Me: Well, then we can run here!
At this point, the three of us just ran off.
But, I gave it some thought, and I've decided that if I come across this woman again, I will ask her to run with us. That ought to confuse her, I would think. Join us, crazy lady! Come to the dark side!
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