Like many athletes, I have a few quirky habits that appear during my runs. For example, I always cross in the middle of the crosswalk, I make sure that my feet touch the white and not the actual curb, and I absolutely have to finish at the same spot each time. When I do finish, I take my last step onto an electrical box in the ground. There are also a few other special squares that I have to touch completely during the run.
During my short run, when I reach the turn-around spot, I must go around the sign post. On the longer run when I am going to turn around, I need to cross over a certain color sidewalk marking. These habits are nothing new. In fact, I remember when I first started running that I had to touch a certain square at the intersection before continuing.
By sticking to these routines I know I am not taking any short cuts. At the end of my run, I feel an awesome sense of accomplishment.
What kind of quirks do you have when you go out to run?