Hi MeFi, I was on the receiving end of a car accident which occurred last week during rush-hour. I was traveling home from work on a very busy Charlestown Ave when I got had another car smash into mine. I had a bad case of whiplash and went sorta blank for a second but after I came out of the car I noticed a busted BMW behind with a driver still sitting there. The girl from the second car fled the scene. My suspicion was that she didn't have a license or didn't own the car or both. So in short, BMW (Car A) > smashes into grey vehicle with (Car B) which in turn smashes into me (Car C). My insurance adjustor is saying this is a complicated case because of how 'many impacts' I felt or heard. What the hell does this even mean? It felt like someone hit me with a hammer. He said the first party which caused the scene hasn't yet accepted responsibility and they have 30 days to do it or not. I'm sorta left broken and had two trips to ER and two MRIs taken which showed I have an upper disc injury in neck and shoulders. The back side of my car is completely damaged with me being unable to shut my trunk. It is still drivable but it looks like hell. I don't want to dish out $500 for a rental since I'm already drowning in bills. Insurance is telling me that I can't get reimbursed for the rental until someone accepts responsibility. Is this how it usually goes with insurance companies in USA? I'm flabbergasted. Should I get an attorney?
I'd like to take up trail running, or in my case, probably trail-light jogging. I am not a runner, I have never been a runner, I have always hated running and avoided it. What do I need to know? [more inside]
I have been running 3 to 4 miles every other day since about June of this year. It has become a very important part of maintaining my mental health, and now that winter has arrived it has been nearly impossible to run. What do I do now to stay active and sane? [more inside]
I've recently been bitten by the running bug. Yay! I live in Portland and we're entering into our rainy season. I'd like to run listening to music on my smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S3) and not worry about it getting ruined by water damage. Can anyone recommend an armband or other solution? [more inside]
I'm participating in my first 5K mud run tomorrow. I am useless without my glasses, but I also don't own contacts. How can I make this work? Also, any other general tips and advice on mud runs (what to wear, etc.) are appreciated. [more inside]
The soles on my dress shoes are not cushioning my feet properly and causing me back pain. What type of shoe inserts do I need? [more inside]
What are the arguments for and against method of transportation as a protected class? [more inside]
Now that WeEndure is going away, I need somewhere to track my exercise. There are a number of places that have biking and running, but not swimming. I'd prefer simpler to the more complex sites like MapMyRun (which, again, doesn't do swimming, from what I can see). I have seen this and wondered what things are out there, four years later. Bonus: a place that I can dump all my WeEndure data into so I hit the ground running. [more inside]
What's the moral argument against running away from an accident if the victim's being cared for (aside from insurance issues)? [more inside]
Can I hit my running strider earlier? And how? [more inside]
How can I run one mile faster? [more inside]
I want to start doing Tough Mudders / Warrior Dashes / other types of mud runs. But a (mostly) unfounded fear of disease is holding me back. Help me figure out how (un)reasonable my fear is so I can participate! [more inside]
Hello, Mefites! Can you help with a triathlon playlist? [more inside]
As I get older and, perhaps, wiser, I'm looking for smarter ways to train for triathlons. I've had wonderful success with Chi Running and Terry Laughlin's Total Immersion swim program. Are there any similar programs for cycling? Thanks.
How likely is a run on Greek banks? What would the short to medium term effect of a run be on Greek businesses? Would it effect different types of businesses differently?
How do I train for running up a long hill when the area around me is mostly flat? [more inside]
I put my foot down that I really really must build an exercise habit (3-4 times a week, 30 minutes each kind of thing). It's one of my new year's resolution to stick to a strict regimen, and I want to build exercise into it. [more inside]
Where could I get a blinking red handheld light the size of a quarter? [more inside]
I just ran 4.0 miles at a 4% incline on a treadmill. How much elevation gain does that equal, in feet? [more inside]
Fairly new runner, now comfortable running a 3.6-mile route three times a week. What's the best approach to take to improve my running (in terms of fitness, speed and mileage)? [more inside]
What's the name of that song that you play on your running playlist that makes you push yourself further? You know the one - you're jogging at a decent, steady pace and then it comes on and mentally you go "Oh, YES!" and suddenly everything seems to get a lot more awesome and you are running full pelt with a huge grin on your face. [more inside]
Worth reporting a hit and run? Someone backed into my legally parked car even though they had a TON of room. i jumped out of the car but they ignored me and drove slowly away. [more inside]
What do you do with your hands when you run? And does that change depending on how far and over what terrain you are running?
I can't run for more than 3 minutes or so without getting shin splints - what's going on, and how can I fix it? [more inside]
I want to track my runs without expensive fancypants equipment, but how? [more inside]
Weird calf pain when I *stop* running for a few days. Why does this happen? Details inside. [more inside]
Can you help me understand how the training plan I am following for an upcoming half marathon will translate to my performance on race day? [more inside]
I first want to raise funds, but a close second is to raise awareness and increase name recognition for our organization and its mission around watershed protection. How do I do this effectively with this kind of event? [more inside]
Need 1100 miles on American Airlines to reach Gold. What is the most efficient way to do this? [more inside]
Calling all running experts: Help a newbie learn to run! [more inside]
Who the hell can I trust to give me reliable advice about running shoes? And which goddamn shoes should I buy?
Ok, seriously: Is there any reliable information on running shoes out there? Who the hell can I trust? Every source of information seems either fraught with bias or complete fluff. What's a critical thinker to do? And more importantly, what goddamn shoes should I buy? [more inside]
Cambridge/Boston MeFi runners: where can I run on an indoor track in the winter? [more inside]
Last year or so, I listened to a radio show on NPR that aired. The basic premise of the show (I think) was very similar to This American Life and was an eclectic mix of interviews of regular old folks, to talking about issues related to living life in general. One of the episodes dealt with two sisters who had run away and they told their story through a series of vignettes about their experiences. Another episode (I think) was an interview of siblings who are gay. The show was only about an hour long each week, but ended up being cancelled due to $$ issues (it's not News & Notes or Day to Day, I've already checked). I'm trying to figure out what the show was!! Any ideas? It was a very grassroots-ey type, low-budget, etc. Thanks MeFi!
Wont the BP oil well run out of oil at some point? How long could it possibly keep spewing? Don't wells run dry? (Sorry if I am hopelessly naive. I've never thought about oil wells in my life before this.)
Is it possible or pure lunacy to try to view the Boston Marathon at two or more points by using public transportation? If possible, what viewing areas would you recommend? [more inside]
San Francisco Bay Area: Looking for new running routes/paths in the Bay Area again...but this time, I have a car! [more inside]
Why does my nose run when I perform oral sex on a man? (NSFW details inside) [more inside]
Philly Runners: How do you combine running and volunteering? [more inside]
Why were 100-200 (I think) people (mostly men) wearing red cocktail dresses chasing two people in bunny costumes laying a flour/chalk running trail through downtown Portland this past weekend? [more inside]
anybody know of a grass / synthetic surface for a run in the bay area? [more inside]
do I have to fundraise money to run in a race? I have started running, and would to run in more races. However, it seems that all the races are centered around fundraising. What is up with that and do I have to do it? I just want to pay my registration fee, show up and run. Can I do that?
What did you wish you knew going into your first triathlon? [more inside]
I was with a couple of friends at the Cardinals and Royals baseball game last night. In the third inning, Ryan Ludwick of the Cardinals hit a grand slam right to us. My friend caught it and has two questions: 1) Would a player typically want a grand slam ball back? And if so, who the hell do we call? 2) And if he doesn't want it, can we get it signed? We have tickets to today's and tomorrow's game too.
I'm moving overseas from the US in less than a year, and my stellar powers of observation tell me that there's a good chance the dollar is going to eat shit before then. My savings are <$10,000, what can I do with them to ensure that I'm not cursing the economy when I leave? Is putting it in foreign currency enough, or is there a better option? How do I do that? [more inside]
I can run 6:30 miles for an hour, a little uncomfortably, or 7:00 miles pretty easily over the same interval. What would it take, training-wise, for me to run a sub-3-hour marathon? [more inside]
Why should I not run after lasik? [more inside]
Marathon training filter: How long has it taken you to recover from the symptoms of overuse and get back to your training plan? [more inside]
Spira running shoes: horseshit? [more inside]
Where in Philadelphia can I go to use a treadmill for free? [more inside]
I want to buy the Leaflet-o-Matic 5000 printer of awesome. [more inside]
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