Wow, that was a close call! This morning I was out early to get 7 miles in before work so it was still quite dark as I ran through the neighborhood. I was on a street I run often but instead of running with traffic I had crossed the street as I approached the park with a water fountain. I was looking down to watch my footing in the dark and glancing up occasionally and as cars approached. The next thing I knew I lifted my head and at the same time heard a scream from a woman on a bike about one foot in front of me. I screamed at the same instant and leaped to the right as she fortunately swerved to her right at the same time. We missed each other by inches. I yelled “Sorry!” back over my shoulder but she was gone in the darkness, probably shaking as much as I was.
This was a great reminder to me to follow traffic rules and run with traffic and keep your head up. As the daylight gets shorter in the fall, I may also breakout the reflective vest a little earlier.