On one of my most recent long runs, I tried a new trail where I was able to run for 18 miles in one direction. Amazing! But since everything was new to me, I felt even more alert and observant of my surroundings, and I noticed a pattern: the pedestrians on the trail were all wearing black.
It occurred to me that I was judging these people and feeling particularly nervous about them well before we even made eye contact—if they even managed to do that. Several of the pedestrians wearing black turned out to be men and women who could be my grandparents. Another person was wearing a black hoody over his head and looked so scary from afar, but turned out to be a 10-year-old boy who seemed more scared of me.
So as I ran, I began composing this letter to the non-running pedestrians I encountered. If you have any tips that you’d like to to add, share them in the comments below.