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I've mostly done town/city running but I'm branching out into the country for my hill training.
Just wondering if it's safer to run on the left or right of the narrow country road?
You should run facing the on-coming traffic - ie. on the right-hand side of the road, unless it's on a bend where that would be dangerous.
General rule of thumb is to run against the traffic, i.e. facing oncoming traffic.
Cross country is an awesome run, enjoy.
Yeah I've be going on the right but I wasn't feeling too sure about going round blind bends on that side.
I saw a goat trying to start a fight with a cow the other day while I was out...which was a bit different from the usual town sights
Goats can be feisty little buggers. I like them tho'.
Are you running on road much Scamp? I just wondered because if you're in the country anyway, you could run on public footpaths rather than dicing with traffic.
I'm doing about 30-35 miles a week on the road at the minute. Training for a half in October. I live in Derry, in the city itself. I'm pretty bored with the same routes so I've started going out of town into the surrounding hills. Basically I thought I'd freshen things up and get good hill training at the same time. Been doing a couple of 6-8 mile country runs over the last 2-3 weeks.
I have to say I really enjoy the peace and quiet even though I kinda spoil the tranquility wheezing and gasping as I plod along.
Make sure you wear hi-viz. Don't assume that drivers will see you cos they won't and you'll end up having to dive into a ditch.
Bet you get addicted to country running when you get the hang of it. Get off road if you can too, and then you'll have to get a dog to run with you and then your life will be complete.
PS: cows and squirrels don't care if you wheeze.
OK...zig zagging in high viz seems to be the concensus then!
To be honest I'm dying to get off road. I'm going to be doing cross country races this year for the first time. I can't wait!
Agree with Cougie, when running don't get too close into the verge, try and stick out a bit into the road, makes it easier for oncoming traffic to see you early, you can then move over a bit when it passes you.
I run a lot on country roads and find that most drivers will slow down for you and leave plenty of space. Although it's always exciting when you pass horses and cyclists at the same time as cars, no one ever knows quite who should have priority!!
Lou-lou, not been out in quite that severe conditions, but I know what you mean. There's a local field that's popular with dog walkers and the looks on their faces when I trot past in running shoes while they're in wellies or walking boots is priceless!
Still haven't worked out the best method of removing most of the field from said shoes, but hey ho!
Parky - That's a positive! The undercuts in the heel are, I'm sure, there for a reason, but they fill up really easily with mud. Feels like your feet have grown to about three times their normal size with accumulated mud!
Cougie - Ahh, no on two counts. 1) no laminate flooring, 2) learnt my lesson after treading something unspeakable through the hall and now take shoes off at the front door.
I run on the left, just as instructed when in a race, which flies in the face of the highway code. The athletics association must have a reason for this.
However on narrow country lanes i can understand why. If you run on the right and cars come toward you from both directions the car facing you pulls in and you have to stop running till the car behind you passes.
Run on the left, the car behind you stops to allow the car coming toward to continue.
I see your point but I'd rather make the decision to dive into a kerb/bush than being hit into one from behind because some idiot thought that he could overtake and pass you in time.
During races they make you run on the left side of the road because they have warned traffic that there are runners on the road and pass carefully signs would/should have been placed along the route as well as marshals looking after you and keeping an eye out.