Meg’s Miles

If you’re a runner that is active on social media (which you obviously are because you’re reading this blog) you have heard of Meg’s Miles.  In case you haven’t heard, here is an excerpt from the Facebook event: 

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. 

 

Runners everywhere have united today to run in her honor.  I don’t belong to a running group or club, nor do I usually run with a partner.  Running today in her honor got me thinking about several things.

First of all, I am truly blessed to be fortunate enough to get out and run.  I live in a spot where I am able to walk right out my door and run in any direction.  There are beautiful, well maintained trails everywhere.  The scenery is gorgeous.  Not only that, I am healthy enough to get out and run.  Did I feel like running today?  Not really.  It was windy and cold to start but I got out there.  Why?  Because there are people out there who want to run, would give anything to run, but have had it taken from them in one way or another.  I ran for Meg and countless others who have had it taken from them.

Secondly, I ran without headphones.  Normally I’ll keep them for longer runs just to keep me motivated but I wanted to feel connected to everything around me today.  I wanted to be aware.  I wanted to be as safe as I could be.  As runners, we are unprotected.  It is up to us to do everything in our power to make sure we are seen and make sure we are safe.  And even then, something could still happen.  The very least we can do is everything in our power to make sure we get to Point B of our run in one piece.  I ran for Meg and countless others who did everything right.  (Sidenote: to the runner who I saw just dart out into traffic because he couldn’t be stopped by a red light, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!  Pausing for 30 seconds won’t kill you.  Running out into traffic might.)

Third, I was extra diligent in making sure Boyfriend knew my route and expected time of arrival to my destination.  I am guilty of not always doing that.  I try but sometimes think “oh, it’s just three miles, no big deal.”  Wrong.  Always, always let someone know where you are going to be and when to expect you.  I vow to be better at that.  

In addition to this, I always wear a Road ID, carry pepper spray, carry my ID and cell phone.  I wear my Road ID 24/7.  I didn’t always carry pepper spray, but after a strange encounter with a few dogs and some weirdos, I don’t leave home without it.  Some people think I’m weird but it makes me feel better.  I hope I never have to use it.  I run on well traveled roads where there is almost always someone about in a car.  I like to think that if something happened, that would mean someone would be driving by and could help if needed.

 

What do you do to stay safe when running, cycling or whatever your form of exercise is?  

Did you participate in Meg’s Miles today?  

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. artisticsharon
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 19:17:54

    I ran in honor of Meg today as well. It’s just heart breaking that she was taken so suddenly and senselessly from her family and friends.

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  2. byrne1324
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 19:46:58

    I ran 10 miles for Meg today… I too have recently found my myself telling my wife what course or direction I plan on running in. I always run toward on coming traffic and even though I am guilty of headphones I keep them low enough that I can still hear my surroundings.. Today was a great run for a great cause. It was amazing to see runners unite. And for once the pain I felt well running actually felt good.

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  3. Soleful Mamas
    Jan 19, 2014 @ 03:01:24

    The mamas from my running club ran for Meg today too. It was humbling because it’s just too close – I’m a running mama of 3 myself. I just can’t imagine what would happen to my family if I didn’t come home from my run one day. I’m really glad though that this helps to raise even more awareness for safe driving.

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  4. Cori @ olivetorun
    Jan 19, 2014 @ 22:19:01

    I ran my half in honor of meg- definitely thought about her quite a bit during those 13.1 miles. I ended up searching the hashtag yesterday and it was AMAZING to see so many runners unite for the remembrance of Meg and to spread awareness about runner safety and being smart behind the wheel.

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