Meg’s Miles Or Meg Smiles, The Hashtag Is Confusing But The Message Is Not!

I wasn’t going to write about this but after having the roads being slushy for tonight’s run and a tad bit slippery it is always good to keep in mind to be safe.

Meg’s Miles came about as a tribute to Meg Cross Menzies was hit by a drunk driver on her morning run.  Per Facebook:

Meg Cross Menzies was tragically killed by a drunk driver while out for her morning run on January 13, 2014. As an avid runner, member of the Richmond Road Runners Club, and Boston marathoner, she was a member of the running family nationwide. In her honor, our hope is to raise awareness of drunk driving, texting and driving, and overall safety of runners and cyclists everywhere.

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.

Running can be a lot of fun and sometimes it is easy to lose yourself in it.  I understand this completely.  There is a two-sided story to this.  Drivers should be very careful when driving.  Drink and driving should obviously be a no-no.  Also texting and driving should not be tolerated either.  This being said as a runner be aware of your surroundings.  Some tips on doing so:

  • Always look for traffic, bikers, and other people.  Sometimes other people might be aloof to their own tune and may not be aware you are in their vicinity.
  • If it is icy or snowy run slower.  Obviously it won’t hurt you to run slow in these situations.  I like to say at least a minute a mile slower is key.
  • You can listen to music but don’t tune out to everything else around you.  I have no problem listening to music while running but losing yourself in it could be problems for yourself and others around you.

Run safely but have fun running.  Any tips you may have feel free to comment!

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One thought on “Meg’s Miles Or Meg Smiles, The Hashtag Is Confusing But The Message Is Not!

  1. I was saddened by this story (heard about it earlier this week). I was also initially confused by the hashtag (thought it was Meg Smiles). Very sad news, but I agree, it’s a good reminder to everyone to be more careful.

    I think all your advice is pretty good. When I do run outside, I stick to sidewalks and residential neighborhoods. I try not to have my music on too loud, but I can be guilty of that sometimes.

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