Road kill: n. a runner left in your dust.
Traditionally Runner’s Road Kill counts are only kept when running 200 mile team relay races. While you are running your leg of the race you tally in your head the number of runners you pass.
Once you have sufficiently fueled (with a sandwich and Coors Light of course, micro-brew if it’s your last leg!) you proudly get to add a tally to your teams total…Let’s be honest, if your like me it’s the very first thing you do when you get back to your car!
As you can tell, I’m a little competitive.
With spring coming out, I already see my running times improving and I will tell you my trick. I don’t just keep road kill tallies on Relay Runs. I keep a tally on all my runs.
In the winter when there are less runners on the road, it is easy for me to settle into a slower pace. There are no runners to race. With the arrival of spring and the sun comes the competition of more runners on my routes.
Focusing on passing someone ahead of you is much easier than pushing to maintain a speed. When you aim to pass someone ahead of you, you keep your gaze forward. You have better posture and a more efficient runner stride.
If your new to running don’t fret. There are plenty of road kill for you too out there. I see it completely acceptable to count walkers. You are moving faster than they are. If someone was walking in a Ragnar relay I would most certainly count them as Road Kill!
Once you move a comfortable distance ahead, there is no shame in slowly down…just remember road kill have a way of coming back to haunt you. People don’t like to be passed 😉