This morning on my 7 mile run I came across a middle school gal riding to school on her big person bike. Her shoelace caught on her pedal and she took a nasty spell and ate some pavement. What would be your first reaction? Probably take a picture of her for your blog, right? No jerk, you don’t take a picture…at least until you know she’s OK.
Seriously, what I did was immediately run over to her,
stop my GPS watch, and check on her. She said she was OK, but I know when people first get hurt, the adrenaline and embarrassment causes them to say they’re OK, even if they may not be.
Luckily I had an excuse to hang around and make sure she really was OK…Her shoelace was still tangled pretty good. She was trapped under her bike and couldn’t get up. I was able to help her up and eventually unlace her Chuck Taylors from the pedal. After spending all that quality time together, I realized she really was OK. I told her to be safe and continued on my run.
This isn’t the first time I’ve helped people on a run. I’ve aided folks in pushing broken down cars off the road. I’ve stopped kids from running into traffic. Basically, I’m a modern day sweaty clothed super hero (JK).
And if you follow this blog then you know about my occasional run-ins with canines. But there have been times when the pooches weren’t aggressive, they were friendly and just happened to be loose. I’ve helped catch them and return them to their owners – one time even keeping the dog overnight until the owners got home.
So my point is to help give runners a good name by helping out others if you come across a chance to do so.
Have you ever done a good deed in the middle of a workout? Please share!