Trials In Water, On Land, and On Trails

I search for topics to write about while I am training or right after I finish. Sometimes a song will inspire me and sometimes the trial or success I experience is my inspiration. This morning I swam 2,500 meters and it was a very good workout. I kept to all of the time splits I was setting and even exceeded a few. After I finished, I searched for inspiration to write and couldn’t find it. I had a 5 mile run scheduled this evening and figured I would find it then. I put on my layers and my reflector vest and headed outside. By 0.15 miles (according to my Garmin) I found my inspiration.

Before I start the story I am going to say the most important part – the dog is fine. This is not the kind of story any pet lover would want to be hanging on to the end. As I left my drive and started my run I was passed by a minivan heading the same direction that I was running. I turned a corner to go down a cul-de-sac and heard a loud howl, several howls. It was dark but the yard lights and snow illuminated the street enough that I saw the shadow of a dog and a blue flashing LED light close to the ground. I thought the minivan hit the dog and took off at 7:30 minute pace (according to my Garmin again). As I got closer I saw it was a little black terrier and she was fine. More upset than anything that the car didn’t stop to pet her. She was in front of her house and I got her to her family. After my heart came to a normal running pace I realized we put LED lights on our dogs’ collars along with ID tags, but do we take the same precautions for ourselves?

Until June 2011 I have to admit I did not. I have always run in the dark with a reflector vest. My latest one even has LED strips down the front and back. But I did not run with ID. Sure I have my phone with me when I ride and run, but that doesn’t help much if I am not able to use it. As for swimming – where do you put a phone?? In June 2011 I came within 10 feet of a teenager texting and driving up behind me while I was riding my bike up a hill. I heard the breaks and knew there was nothing I could do but pray and keep peddling. Fortunately he stopped before he met my tire. After that I got Road ID. There are two options: regular ID or interactive. I went with interactive. The plate has my name, a web address and 800 number telling first responders to contact and provide a serial and PIN number on the back of the plate. On the site you can enter all the information they would need – insurance, contact numbers, allergies, health conditions, medications, and a comment box. I like the box to enter information for when I travel and who to contact. Calling my sister in Akron, Ohio won’t help much when I am in Jacksonville, FL. Nathan also has the VITAband. I am a sucker for accessories, so I have this one too. It works very much like interactive RoadID but has a cool little feature that you can elect to have a debit card chip in the band to use at tap and pay locations. Good for when I am on the bike. Regardless of the one you choose, wearing ID when training and racing (or even walking a dog) is essential. Please look into it.

Good thing that the dog inspired me to write today. My 5 mile run in the crisp winter air was perfect. I loved every step, especially after running 12 miles on the treadmill Saturday. So even on a good training day, there is still something to share to limit our trials on the trails.

Published by elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

8 thoughts on “Trials In Water, On Land, and On Trails

    1. Great! Fun colors to choose from. I went with the sport elite, you can adjust the fit. The thin is good, but I’d it spins, the tag can scratch. Let me know how it goes!

    1. Thank you! As for Garmin – several are very good. I have the 310 Forerunner for triathlon. The 205 and 305 are good for running and not too pricy. Good luck!

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