I hit the community trail last week with the intention of running for 60 minutes to stretch out my legs after my last little race (recall the Alcatraz Challenge). I was feeling pretty good, so good in fact, I felt like I was flying up the first long hill. I saw a girl and her dogs up ahead that me and Kobi know from trail encounters so I decided to keep Kobi off leash.
I forgot Kobi is a scent dog, not a sight a dog. As I was flying around a switch-back Kobi “sighted” the dogs up ahead, but didn’t recognize them. She stopped abruptly right in front of me (as I was flying up the hill). For a 40 pound dog, she can hold her ground. I crashed into her and took an epic wipe-out – on pavement. Fortunately I was holding my phone in one hand and her e-collar controller in the other (forgot my FlipBelt) and skidded on those first. Unfortunately my knees weren’t carrying anything and I skidded on those next.
After falling, I did not jump up in embarrassment as it hurt so bad. Instead I let out a very loud, long string of expletives. I just can’t control my vocabulary when angry or in severe pain (it’s a superpower). The girl up ahead was too frightened by my language to offer assistance, I don’t blame her.
I sat in the middle of the trail for a few minutes and wondered if you could actually break a knee. I finally got up and hobbled around assessing the damage. I had nothing to wipe up the blood pouring from my knees and of course I was wearing my white Injinji toe socks (I love toe socks and thank goodness for OxiClean).
Eventually I carried on with my run and received a few odd looks from passers-by, they probably thought I was pretty tough.
A few days later I was in the closet digging out more band-aids for my knees and knocked over a giant bottle of shampoo that landed smack in the middle of my big toe. That hurt so bad I broke out in a sweat. I think I’m clumsy.
Have you ever worn toe socks – do you love ’em or hate ’em? Has your dog ever caused an epic wipe-out? Do you carry band-aids when running? I think I might start carrying some (if I could remember my FlipBelt). What’s the worst thing you’ve dropped on your big toe?