As a road runner, sharing the road with cars, I always thought that being alert and diligent would keep out of trouble. Frankly, I didn't think anything would ever happen to me. WRONG! I was out running my standard five mile loop. It was a perfectly clear day, middle of the afternoon, not a cloud in the sky. I was one mile into my tempo run when I was hit by a car at an intersection. The driver didn't see me, and I landed on top of his car before I came crashing onto the pavement.
The doctor told me after the accident, "you are incredibly lucky" to have survived.
We all hear stories, but unless it happens to you, it's unfathomable to comprehend a situation like this. The impact, the shock, the aftermath and the ensuing minutes are horrendous. This accident has been a huge wake-up call for me. I never ran with any form of ID on me, and I now realize that it's simply irresponsible for any athlete to be out there without ID.
I know my Road ID won't protect me from the risks of road running, but it will give me and my mom some peace of mind. I am gradually recovering from my injuries. Yesterday, I went out for a 5 mile run! it wasn't pretty, my injuries are still there, but it did feel good to be back out there! with ID, of course. I can honestly say that I feel more freedom on my runs now that I am wearing ID. Keep Running.
- Melanie .S from Pennington, NJ