Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Treadmill Horror Story

After 8 very long days I laced up my Brooks and went for a run.  I played it safe and ran on the treadmill.  I have a love-hate relationship with this piece of equipment.  I love that I can easily complete speed work and tempo runs without constantly checking my Garmin.  I hate that every stride on the TM is a cautious one for me.  I have sound reason on this one, hear me out.  

Years ago, in college, while running on the treadmill at the rec center I took a spill and flew off the back end.  Picture my little blonde ponytail bouncing around and then suddenly, GONE.  The treadmill was placed so conveniently in front of a wall so I had nowhere to go; real smart ISU Rec Center.  The belt grabbed my hair and didn't let go.  As it went round and round, my head whacked the treadmill over and over again.  Mortified.  


My best friend Brittani watched in horror but was in too much shock to actually help me out (thanks, Britt - I'll never forget it!) ;-)  I had rug burns on my shoulder and what's worse is that I had to do the walk of shame down the line of treadmills and ellipticals as everyone watched (or so it felt).  I will never look at a treadmill the same again.... 

The good news is, I managed to stay ON the treadmill tonight and ran a total of 5 miles.  It seems like a warm-up in comparison to the 20 miles I was scheduled to complete last weekend.  I would have run 6 but I had a Skype date with Brittani and had to cut it short.   Yes, the same Brittani that stared at me as the treadmill ate my hair and beat me up.  We're still friends. ;-)  

The first few miles of my run tonight felt funny.  I was like Forrest Gump in the scene where he breaks out of his leg braces and starts running for the first time.  My legs had to get reacquainted with the motions.  All 5 miles were pain-free and I have high hopes of continuing my training where I left off.  If all goes well you will be reading about me crossing the finish line at the Malibu Marathon!

19 comments:

  1. I hate the treadmill but it's a necessary evil in the winter (I'm run in the cold, I just can't manage to run in 6 inches (or more) of snow. Glad you're back at it!

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  2. heyyyy! thanks for stopping by my blog the other day!

    i have a love / hate relationship with the TM too. but mostly indifference. i actually used it for 14/16 speed sessions while training for my last marathon! i won't gravitate towards it but i definitely think it's useful.

    glad you weren't hurt in your horror story.TMs can be dangerous!

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  3. OMG that is the craziest story I've ever heard! I will now forever be more careful with my foot placement on the mill :)

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  4. I totally have a love/hate relationship with the TM - I find it harder to go as fast for as long as when I'm outside and distracted by the world. I have fallen off the TM (more than once). The first time was at a gym when I was watching the Today Show (or Good Morning America) and they were having a cute baby photo contest and the first picture they showed was my cousin's baby! I was so surprised I just stopped. Oops!!!

    Glad you're feeling better!

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  5. YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That is a horror story! I've fallen of the treadmill twice, although it might be three times. I never get on one without the emergency stop thingy connected now. It HURTS! And, it is surprisingly easy to fall off.

    Glad you made it off safely this time!!

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  6. I do not like the TM but with it staying dark so late into the morning I've had to start doing runs at the gym. I am so paranoid on that thing...it doesn't help that I'm fairly klutzy in general.

    Glad your run was pain-free and good luck with the rest of training!

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  7. I'm so sorry...I laughed. I laughed! But I visualized it happening to myself, soooo, I guess I'm allowed? While hilarious, it is a completely horrifying thought! I'll probably be very weary now, lol.

    Great job on a pain-free run! Nothing better if you ask me. :)

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  8. Wow!! I had no idea so many people have fallen off the treadmill. I am not alone! I guess we should all wear the safety clips, huh?

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  9. That is really scary! I have never fallen off, but my running buddy has. She tore a huge hole in her hand and she too hit the wall right behind the mill.

    I have sworn off the dreadmill. I just can't mentally take it anymore!

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