This morning while I was reading Runner's World Daily News as I usually do, I felt unsettled by the latest running news headline. Their homepage today reads "R.I.P. Sally Meyerhoff", an Arizona marathoner and triathlete that was killed when biking through and intersection and struck by a truck.
It is always a sad day for me when I hear news about a biker or runner who was killed from a careless mistake. Runners with headphones and blaring music, bikers without helmets, driver who aren't fully aware of their surroundings, all hazards that can change life in an instant.
Before I head out for a tempo run this afternoon in the rain, I think that it is good to take a moment and remind myself that while coming to a complete stop at crossings may seem inconvenient and act as a disruption to my workout, I am not in control of anyone but myself. It cannot be assumed that others see me, and I should always react as if they are not aware of my presence.
Life is precious, don't take your safety for granted.