Cautious Running

There used to be only one road to run on near my parents' house, so to mix it up, I'd sometimes run down on the train tracks and then back up on the road. Trains also run on the train tracks, so while running down I'd turn around on average every 3 seconds to see if one was creeping up on me. These trains were slow-moving freight cars, not the French super-speed TGV, so I had little to worry about. Today I went for a walk along those tracks thinking about those runs, and it occurred to me that I've always known that the trains run in only one direction on those tracks. I could have run down on the road and then back on the tracks and it would have been easy to keep an eye out for incoming trains. Also, I probably could have run without my music on full blast so I could hear the train whistle from miles away.

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