Turns out I’m a hypocrite. Who knew (all right put your hands down point made).
I have recently joined a fantastic running group called the Solemates which has been really motivating for continuing the process of regaining fitness after my injury. The big thing I am struggling with is the runs that are scheduled early in the morning or in awful weather.
We had one such event on a freezing Sunday morning and despite the weather I really wanted to go. I woke up early, threw on enough lycra to make a superhero costume and was in the car ready to go by 7. Well, I thought I was ready to go. The windscreen was solidly iced over and in the frigid air, it took a decent scrub of the windshield to get the ice off, water wasn’t cutting it.
By the time I was on the Southern Outlet, I was running a little late already, allowing for icy roads. But what I didn’t take into account was how slow some of my fellow motorists would go because of the conditions. I’m a pretty cautious driver myself (I know some of my friends reading this will consider this a massive understatement), but even I felt the speed of cars in both lanes was a fair bit lower than it had to be (some cars moving little more than 20km/h).
As I realised I would be even later than I had thought, I felt a momentary flash of anger towards the other road-users for their excessive caution. But this didn’t last long. After a few moments I remembered how angry I get about people who take unnecessary risks on our roads and the utterly unacceptable number of fatalities this causes. In a flash, my anger was gone (well not quite- now I was just annoyed at myself for not leaving earlier). Who am I to tell people to go faster than they think is safe? If you are not confident because of bad weather or road conditions please drive as slow as you like and don’t listen to anyone that says otherwise.