talk about embarrassing. i was at the health club tuesday evening, getting ready to meet ‘the sadist’ (my trainer). i did my required stretches, and was on the treadmill doing my three minute warm-up (all of which he wants me to do prior to my hour of pain with him). but i thought i’d get a head-start on the pain.
about two minutes into a quick run, jamming to some music (which i have forgotten), my hand caught on the headphone cord and dragged my ipod off of its little shelf atop the treadmill. it dropped down between my pumping legs, disconnecting from the headphones. i panicked. all i could think, as i saw my ipod zipping backward on the treadmill about to be thrust into the aisle behind me (which had people waiting for the treadmills) was, “my ipod is going to get stepped on!”
stupid. stupid. stupid.
but what i did next was the most stupid. i should have hit pause or stop, or stepped on the sides of the treadmill that don’t move. instead, i turned to the side and bent down to try to grab the ipod — while the treadmill was still moving at 5 miles per hour. in a split second, i was thrown down to my knees (see evidence in photo, which is, yes, upside down because of the way i took the picture!). i wasn’t on my knees long, as the still “running” treadmill threw me off the end, adding additional, though smaller, wounds on my lower shins, before propelling me out to a sprawling position in the aisle. everyone on the two dozen treadmills turned to see if i was ok. all the people on the stairmasters behind me gawked. a few of the people waiting in the aisle rushed up to see if i was alive.
i jumped up, feeling like an extreme dork, and assured everyone i was ok. then i walked over to meet the sadist (who laughed and said, “i wish i had seen that! it would have been hilarious!”). after an hour of punishment, i ran on the same treadmill for twenty minutes, just to prove it hadn’t vanquished me. but, boy howdy, are my knees stiff and sore!
ah, the scars of the super-buff athletic lifestyle. the ipod, btw, is without blemish.