Is Smaller Better?
The answer to this question depends on your goal. If you are just trying to get fit then yes, smaller is better. However if you want to win races, you will need to have a bit more endurance than the average runner.
If you are looking at running for fitness, then no, small is not better because it doesn’t give you enough time for training and racing. You will need to train harder and longer than the average runner.
If you are looking at running for fun, then yes, small is better since you won’t have to worry about training too much. You can enjoy the sport without having to put in any extra effort.
So which one is best?
Well there isn’t really a right answer, but I think both are good options and neither one is bad!
What About Tall People?
Tall people tend to have shorter legs and feet compared to other people. Some studies show that they may even be slower than their shorter counterparts.
So what gives? Are these folks actually less fit than others?
Not necessarily. They could simply be using different strategies to improve performance. For example, some athletes use different types of shoes and socks depending on whether they are running with their left or right foot forward (or vice versa). This is something that you don’t hear about much, but is used by some elite athletes to improve their performance. Some people have also found out that they perform better on certain surfaces, such as cinder tracks, and other people perform better on asphalt roads (this is mainly due to personal preference).
So in conclusion, it really doesn’t matter if you are very short or very tall. It’s all about how you use your attributes and how you think during the race.
If you are a short person, then don’t worry about it. If you are a tall person, then don’t worry about it either. Just get out there and have fun!
It is important to know that your height does not affect your ability to run fast or your endurance. A taller person can run just as fast or even faster than a shorter person.
It all depends on things like muscle mass, bone structure, and of course training.
So is bigger better?
The truth is that it all depends on how good you are. Some taller people are not as good compared to some shorter people. If you are a shorter person the best thing to do is train hard and be confident in your abilities. And if you are a taller person, then you should also be confident in your abilities.
The key here is to find what works best for YOU! So don’t worry about being short or tall.
The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the sport of running!
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Running and the Law:
How Legal is Running in the Streets?
Everyday people are getting injured and even killed due to reckless drivers. It is the driver’s fault 100% of the time. But legally, you might not be able to do anything about it.
There are a few key elements here:
Who has the right of way? Did you have the right of way?
Driver’s are supposed to maintain control of their vehicle at all times. If they fail to do so and you get hurt, then they may be liable for your injuries.
But what is considered reckless driving?
Most drivers don’t intend on hitting you (at least we hope they don’t). They are just not paying attention to the road or they are distracted in some way.
As a runner you share the road with drivers, but you have the right of way. This means that a driver must yield to you.
BUT, this does not give you permission to run out in front of a car without looking first! Just because you have the right of way, it doesn’t mean that cars will always stop for you. Just like drivers don’t always stop for pedestrians in cross walks, they may not always stop for runners in the road.
What if you are hit by a car?
There is a difference between getting hit by a car and almost getting hit by a car. Getting hit by a car is bad, but almost getting hit by a car can sometimes be worse.
If you get hit by a car, then you may have a claim against the driver of the vehicle that hit you. This is called a “slip and fall” claim.
You would need to show that the driver acted in a negligent manner by not paying attention, or driving recklessly.
If you almost get hit by a car, then you may have more of a problem. It would be harder to show that the driver was acting in a reckless manner if they were swerving to try not to hit you.
In this case you would need to show that the driver was acting in a reckless manner before they started swerving. Example: The driver is text messaging and not paying attention to the road (AKA driving recklessly).
So what can you do?
The best thing you can do if you get hit by a car or almost hit by a car is talk to an attorney. They will be able to tell you if you have a case and how to proceed.
What should you do if you are about to get hit by a car?
Stop running! The worst thing you can do is keep running into the street. This could cause the car to hit you and possibly hurt you even more.
When a vehicle is coming at you, step off to the side of the road so that the vehicle will have to slow down before hitting you.
When you step off to the side of the road, make sure that there are no obstacles that will cause the vehicle to hit you such as a tree or pole. Try to stay out of the “door zone” which is the space area located near parked cars.
Most door zones are only about 12 inches, so if a car is parked and a driver pulls open their car door, there is a good chance it will hit you.
Try to position yourself in a space that is as far away from the parked car as possible.
If there are no obstacles, then you should be safe from getting hit.
A vehicle will take the shortest distance to hit something, so if you position yourself about 10 feet away from the back of the vehicle, then it will be more difficult for the vehicle to hit you.
As a last resort, lay down in the street and make yourself as low as possible. This will make it more difficult for the driver to see you.
If you follow these steps, then there is a good chance that you will not get hit by the vehicle.
Should you contact an attorney if you are hit by a car or almost hit by a car?
Yes, if you get hit by a car or almost get hit by a car, it is in your best interest to contact an attorney. Even if the accident was somewhat your fault, the driver may still be at least partially responsible. The insurance company will try to make the case that you are entirely at fault, so you will need an attorney to protect your rights.
Do I contact the police if I am hit by a car or almost get hit by a car?
While most people think they should contact the police after they are in an accident, sometimes it is not necessary. If the crash is minor and no one is injured then there really is no need to contact the police. If there was a serious injury or death then you will need to contact law enforcement immediately.
If you were almost hit by a car or almost got hit by a car, but the accident was more of someone’s fault other than yours, then it might not be necessary to contact law enforcement.
How can I find a personal injury lawyer?
The best way to find a personal injury lawyer is to ask friends and family for referrals. If this does not help, then you can search online for attorneys in your area. There are also free legal aid websites where you can get referrals, but make sure that these referrals are in your area and have experience in handling what you need.
If you do not have computer access, there are some public libraries that still have law books that you can look through to find an attorney. If your local library does not have any books on the topic, then ask a librarian how to get in contact with a lawyer.
They can also help you find other resources that you might need.
Make sure that you at least speak to two or three personal injury lawyers before picking which one will best represent you. This will give you the opportunity to compare each one and see who you feel most comfortable working with.
Questions to ask a potential lawyer:
How long have you been practicing law?
How much do you charge for your services?
Do you typically work on a contingency fee or do I have to pay you an hourly rate?
What is your strategy for winning my case?
Can you give me some examples of cases you have handled that are similar to mine?
What kind of people have responded to your ads in the phone book?
What to expect from your personal injury lawyer:
The first thing that your personal injury lawyer will probably tell you is not to admit to anything with the person or company that you believe is responsible for your injury. This includes not saying anything about the accident unless your attorney is present, not sending a letter or going over to the other side and not signing any documents.
Your personal injury lawyer should also tell you not to give a statement to the insurance company. They will most likely try to get in contact with you to find out what happened.
It is best not to talk to them at all. However, your lawyer may tell you to give a statement if he or she thinks it will work in your favor.
Your lawyer should also tell you not to dispose of any evidence and to save everything that relates to the accident, such as receipts for medical expenses, photographs of the scene and your damaged car.
While it is important to be nice to people, your lawyer will probably tell you that you do not need to go overboard and be overly nice to the person you believe is responsible for your injury. While being friendly might make you seem like a nice person, it may make you seem less sincere and believable as a plaintiff.
After the initial meeting with your personal injury lawyer, he or she should advise you on what to expect next. This will include telling you when to meet with them again and what forms you need to fill out.
What to bring to your initial meeting with your personal injury lawyer:
It is a good idea to write down everything you can remember about the accident before your initial meeting with the lawyer. You should also take any documents, such as medical bills or doctor’s notes, that you have saved.
Your personal information, such as your Social Security number, driver’s license number and contact information, is also important.
How a personal injury lawyer can help you:
A personal injury lawyer will help you navigate the legal system as you attempt to win financial compensation for your injuries. Your attorney will be able to tell you what to expect at every stage of the process and how to avoid common pitfalls.
How much a personal injury lawyer costs:
The cost of hiring a personal injury lawyer will depend on your specific situation. In some cases, like a car accident where the other driver was clearly at fault, you shouldn’t have to pay anything at all.
In other situations, you may only need to pay a small consultation fee. If you have a workers’ compensation case, your employer will probably pay for your attorney. Regardless of your situation, make sure that you don’t agree to pay any large fees up front.
Tips for working with a personal injury lawyer:
There are a few things you should keep in mind if you decide to work with a personal injury lawyer. First of all, never lie to your attorney.
If you do, it could hurt you in the long run and even result in charges being brought against you for fraud.
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