Recently, I wiped out on the track at my gym because someone in the left lane veered off into the left shoulder while I was passing on the left. While I was passing I was SPRINTING so that should give you a better (and hopefully more sympathetic) view of the impact that resulted in me sprawled across the track with abrasions to my elbow and knee.

If you’re fast, you should be on the left — like the inner lanes. That, as far as I can tell, is universal. But PASSING?

Okay, so I didn’t announce I was coming but I also didn’t expect the person in the left-most lane to veer off into the left shoulder. This still doesn’t clear it up.

So, should I YELL “On your LEFT!” and hope the person hears me and moves to the right? But if the person didn’t hear me, should I pass on the right with no way of knowing whether the person heard me until I’ve plowed into her? Either way, I guess I should announce I’m coming, which is going to get really tedious on a ONE EIGHT MILE track.

Maybe just to screw with people, I’ll alternate. And then trip on them.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.