Have You Ever Hit a Car?

May 24th 2011

'Get off the road!'

In Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, Lewis Carroll's sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Alice finds herself exploring a fantasy world that is a mirror image of the one she's used to.

After today's run, I can relate.

Three of us were out for an easy 4-miler around town, mid-afternoon. We were chatting and shuffling down a quiet street around 1 mile in, when one of us — let's call him, oh, Peter — lightly clipped the driver-side mirror of a parked car. That's right: A runner hit a car.

Here was Peter's reaction, word for word:

"Oh."

The other two of us — let's call them, oh, me and Warren — chuckled. Talk about a hit-and-run! Ha ha! Then we continued our run and forgot about the whole thing. (The car was fine, in case you're wondering, you bunch of worrywarts.)

But later, in the shower, I got to thinking: How common is this? And should I have this mole checked out?

So I put it to you, the running public:

Have any of you actually hit a car during a run? If so, under what circumstances?

Also: Does this mole look funny to you?