It’s annoying when I come to a street that I need to cross, see a car coming up, stop, wait for it to continue on, but the driver slows down because s/he sees me standing there on the corner to cross. So, so annoying. Why do driver’s do that? I’m clearly standing there waiting to cross. Then I find myself running a tad too fast for a long run once I cross the street because I’m fueled by annoyance.
This happened several times on my 15 mile long run yesterday, plus several other lengthy red traffic lights. Poor route planning on my part. But, I noticed that for the most part this run felt better than last week’s long run. Can I credit the traffic stops every few miles? Probably.
Last week I did the lake loop where there are no traffic stops, it’s 13 continuous miles without having to stop. I ended up stopping at mile 10 when I realized that, and felt a bit better after that. My route yesterday had a traffic stop at mile 3, 3.25, 5, 6, 8, 8.25, 10 and 14. There was a traffic light at mile 12, but I “lucked” out with a green light and didn’t have to stop, though I should have, because the last 3 miles were a battle.
I’m curious to know how other runners feel about traffic stops in a long run? Do you purposely plan your route to avoid it as best as you can? Do you not mind stopping every few miles? Do you notice a difference on how you feel on runs with stops vs. runs with no stops?