For all of you runners, you know exactly what I mean by the title of this post. On Your Left–the phrase of choice heard on the running trails when a biker is passing. Mostly it’s just annoying, especially when a group of three or four goes whizzing by and you have to hear it, well, three or four times. And sometimes I wish they would just go find their own trail. I think I’ve even secretly cursed those bikers! How dare they make me move over or interrupt my peaceful run!
But, yet, I know it’s all in the name of safety. And this past weekend, I became one of them! Excitedly, I picked up my mountain bike from the bike shop. A tune-up and new hybrid tires had me ready to test my new wheels. Off to the trails I went…at first I couldn’t bring myself to say that seemingly innocuous phrase, but later there were moments where I realized it really is a courtesy and a warning that I’m coming on someone’s tail and the last thing I’d want them to do is to run slightly off course and into an “inexperienced” bicyclist–that being me.
Overall, the ride was invigorating. I felt like a kid with my helmet that looked way to big on me and my hair whipping in the breeze. You can go so much further with a set of wheels underneath. I was out for about an hour and a half with my journey taking me on what would normally be a long-run. “Wow, that was fast,” I thought. “I could get used to this!”
So next time I’m out on a run, I promise not to be annoyed by the bikers and maybe I’ll just join them and start chanting “On Your Left” to my fellow runners. If nothing else, I’ll probably get a good laugh out of someone.
And in other news, this marks my 200th blog post! Very exciting!