Janathon #19 – handing in my badge

On Monday I went out in the early evening, dutifully clad in my hi-vis reflective shield of protection and wondered why I bothered. The dog walkers lurking in the undergrowth didn’t bother, neither did people walking home from work and the kids hanging round outside Spar certainly didn’t. The nearest I spotted was a lad with fluorescent toggles on his duffle coat, which hardly counts. The only non-runners I ever seem to see in hi-vis are a couple of dog walkers (who seem to wear it in the glaring sunlight, which seems a bit pointless) and crocodiles of children being a walking bus. I’m in a well-lit place, not crossing any major roads and I stick to the pavements – I only go marginally faster running than walking, so why do I wear it?

Because it turns out that I feel vulnerable and apologetic if I don’t. A quarter of a mile from home I realised that the ‘there’s something missing’ feeling was down to the fact that I was dressed like an amateur mime artist and I had barely any reflective surface area. Too late to return home, I carried on, sticking resolutely to the hedge side of the pavement and crossing roads with a level of care of which Tufty himself would have been proud. Despite getting back in one piece and barely seeing any traffic, I still feel slightly guilty and ashamed.

If I could find my Tufty Club badge, I would be handing it back


Day 19/31 –2.5 miles
Ferrero rochers burned

5 thoughts on “Janathon #19 – handing in my badge

  1. Athena says:

    I have received as a gift an arm band with blinking red lights. not sure I like wearing them, but I do to please the gift-giver (with whom I live). UFO? Aircraft carrier? They interfere with my night vision at times. Maybe I can switch them off when I’m out the door.

  2. shazruns says:

    Now I remember Tufty, he was the best. Isn’t it amazing how many people dont worry about being seen in the dark? In the early hours of this morning whilst wearing my brilliant white jacket that could advertise Daz I ran in to (literally) a cylclist on the path all in black and no lights, guess he did not think anyone else would be up at that time.

  3. runtezza says:

    Hi Viz rocks! I always try to wear something reflective or white or, better still, fluorescent. Makes a real difference to motorists etc. who see you much earlier. Glow for it!

  4. laurajonesruns says:

    I’m the opposite – I put the dayglo on because I know I should but then spend the entire time feeling that the problem with high vis attire is that everyone looks at you when you’re wearing it. In my breathless sweaty state I’d rather be invisible.

  5. Adele says:

    I got myself some cheap flashing arm/leg bands from Lidl or Aldi a while ago. Of course, I always forget to put them on though!

    I must say, when Hector was going through a slightly reckless-near-a-road stage, I decided there was only one thing for it and freaked him out with some Tufty videos on You Tube – look them up, the screeching breaks are enough to scare anyone from bouncing into the road!

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