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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Careful What You Wish For

So earlier today, I was bitching that I don't have anything to write about; well, tonight I got something to write about. I was on my evening run, about a tenth of a mile from home when I first tripped, then kinda stumbled, and finally smacked not only into the pavement, but went headlong into a puddle. I'm sure the whole scene was quite comical: Arms windwilling in an attempt to first slow, then break my fall; face splashing into the two inches of puddle that met me at the end of the sidewalk (where the smooth cement of the sidewalk meets rough asphalt, by the way).

As the pictures depict, I scraped up and muddied my knees, my palms and even the side of my head (the side of which splashed right into that damn puddle! my left ear was immersed for a few seconds!). I scraped my left shoulder on the asphalt, and right now it is throbbing slightly. Right after my face plant, I popped right back up because I was so paranoid that somone saw me fall, but to my relief no one was around (I usually don't pass many people in the late evening -- part of why I like running at that time); plus, with the semi-darkness closing in, I was able to hobble home in shame without anyone noticing the mud, the dripping puddle water, and the exposed scrapes. (The bruised ego is, thankfully, invisible to the naked eye.)

When I got home, I whined to my husband who immediately took the appropriate amount of pity on me and asked if I was alright before he dubbed me "crash" and started joking that perhaps I should wear a helmet and knee pads when I run. He took a little too much joy in snapping the photos submitted here for evidence.

In the end, I guess I should have seen it coming. I have always been notoriously clumsy, and it's been a long time since I last fell, so I guess I was due for a digger. And with all the miles I log, it was just a matter of time before that path jumped up and bit me.

I suppose it gave me something to blog about.

9 comments:

Arcaner said...

Ouch! Sorry to hear about the fall. If people ask you can always tell them you were sideswiped by a car while you were bike training for an ironman! No embarassment in that!

Firefly's Running said...

Ouch!!!

runnergirl said...

Ouch! I hope your scrapes and bruises heal quickly!

pinaypower said...

oh man that looks like it hurt...

maybe the puddle, um, softened your fall...

when i fall, i ALWAYS fall in front of a lot of people. then you have the people rushing to your aid, but cracking up hysterically, but trying to cover it up... :(

Nicole said...

Ouch! I hope you heal well.

Dr. Safety said...

What a horrendous accident! Your husband is correct, a helmet and pads are highly recommended. Of course you could just have him run beside you and be ready to catch you if anything goes amiss.

~JDoubleU said...

I fall too (although not recently, bettter watch out). I fell before our wedding and had scrapes that even after makeup are visible in some pictures.

JustJunebug said...

oh man ! i hope that doesnt hurt too much this morning!!

Travis said...

So, I am not the only one...You look a little worse for the wear than I did, though. I fell while trying to show off a little for our neighbors...with a power sprint at the end of my run. I run EARLY in the morning now...just to avoid the humiliation! Heal well!