Yesterday I decided that my normal routes were getting more than stale, but downright boring. Thus, I opted for a new tree-covered route only a mile or two away from my house that would seemingly be perfect for an eight mile out and back.
First, the good news: it was easy, beautiful and enchanted me so much that I literally lost track of what I was doing. The bad news: I literally lost track of what I was doing. Before I knew it I wasn’t recognizing anything that I had passed and would up on a dangerous road that had no sidewalks, no bike paths, nothing. Just two streets with steep hills on the side and with safety as a top priority (and making it to work on time) I waved the SOS flag and called Chicken to come pick me up. He laughed and shook his head at me, but as we drove home I realized just home lost I had gotten and if I would have tried to run back, I would have definitely been late for work.
But the most important thing it taught me was that by all means, every runner MUST carry a cell phone with them. When I lived at home with my parents in Nevada, I’d tell them that I was going for a run and my parents would always “harass” me and make me carry my phone with me. I’d begrudgingly oblige, but I wasn’t a happy camper. But now that I look back, I realize how dumb I was…there were mountain lions on the trail I ran…yes people, MOUNTAIN LIONS! What more convincing did I need?!
And yes, I completely understand and recognize the movement of “gadget-free” running, but let’s be real. A cell phone is not only handy for getting lost, but what if you get hurt, have a G.I. disaster, or need to snap a quick photo. And so I step up on my soap box: ALL RUNNERS SHOULD CARRY A CELL PHONE WITH THEM ON ALL RUNS. I don’t care if you’re running two miles or 20, take your damn cell phone with you. You’ll be glad you did.
I rest my case.