Thursday, March 13, 2008

On Tuesday when I wrote about my 3 mile morning run, I mentioned that at about the 2 and a half mile mark, I started walking momentarily. And then I saw a spry group of individuals running, and I ran faster, and crushed them like a jellybean. Well this morning I didn't stop at all, and I finished the 3 mile run without walking or stopping..except for one incident. About 100 yards ahead of where I stopped running on Tuesday, I fell like a champ. And it wasn't one of those falls where you kind of drop to your knees, collect yourself and then keep it moving. I fell flat on my stomach man, and it was not pretty. I had just run across the street, and I was getting ready to step on to the sidewalk, but I guess my stride was so powerful, that I stepped over the initial curb and on to a road grate.

Now when I am walking in the city, I usually avoid these grates because 1)I think i'm going to fall down the grate, and then be stuck in a hole only to have this guy from Silence of the Lambs get me out. And 2)these grates are always very slick, which lends itself to nasty falls. Well as soon as my foot hit the grate, a voice in my head went "Nooooooo!", but it was too late and fell head first like I was sliding into third base. I skinned my hands and my knees on the 30 degree pavement, and I felt like a jackass. But, as per the rules in the "When You Fall Handbook", I jumped right back as if there was no injury, and I ran the remaining half a mile or so, without any feeling in my hands or knees. It was quite an embarrassing fall, but luckily for me it before 6, and nobody was on the road, which segues perfectly into one of my top 5 songs from the 80s....I feel like Rob Gordon here.

Boys of Summer - Don Henley

By the way, if it were not for spell check, I would misspell the words embarrassing and Wednesday every damn time.

4 comments:

theradleyfiles said...

SAFE!

Jo said...

Sorry to hear about your fall . . .but I see you played it off like a CHAMP!

Chubbs said...

ouch! Did anybody see you fall?

women avoid those grates for three reasons. The two that you mentioned, plus, the heels on our shoes get caught in them...it's doubly awful to fall and break a heel at the same time.

lex said...

those grates scare me as well. i avoid them like the plague as i can imagine myself walking on one thats not properly fastened and plunging to my death.

but, is it bad that i had a nice chuckle @ your mishap? if you had gotten hurt i wouldn't laugh, however since you're ok...