Why are you talking on your phone during a run?
For the past twelve years or so I have been a runner. I have probably logged 12,000+ miles of training in a lot of states and a lot of trails and paths. To say I have seen a lot while running would be an understatement. My adventures have included being chased by a pack of kids, dogs, and other obstacles. Dodging cars? Oh yes. Seeing crime happen and reporting it? Check. Being out in a torrential downpour and seeing a funnel cloud? Yes. I have seen a lot.
One thing I am starting to see more of lately is people who run and, at the same time, talk on their cell phone. This one used to surprise me a bit, but now I just come to expect it. I have often been tempted to stop and ask them one of these three questions;
- Are you that busy that you need to be talking on your cell phone while running?
- Is that even really safe to be doing?
- Will the world stop if you do not make/take that call?
I have to admit that running serves a variety of purposes for me other than physical fitness. It is often;
- A stress reliever
- A time to get away and think through whatever is on my plate – think about how I might handle various situations.
- Sometimes just to enjoy the scenery and appreciate life.
So, all of that to say this may explain a bit of my view of running while talking on a cell phone.
Do I run with a smart phone? Yes.
Do I engage in conversations while trying to better my 5K time? No.
I can remember when I had my first cell phone in 1992 and would never think about talking on it anywhere in public. My how times have changed. People can do whatever they want, but I am going to save my phone conversations for after my run.