Painful and Embarrassing!

You’re not going to believe this…I fell off the treadmill today. Yes, you read correctly, “Fell Off”, not just trip or stumble…cause I’ve done that plenty of times in the past. I mean it…the treadmill ate me up and spit me out!

Here’s how it happened: I wasn’t paying attention, tripped, fell to my knees, but was still holding on and the machine was still going so, I tore all the skin of my knee and when I finally let go, I smashed my face leaving black tread marks on my cheek and lip! I was jogging/walking with a friend so I had a witness…I’m not sure if that’s the good news or the bad news. She was so sweet to me…didn’t laugh and even wiped the black rubbed off my face. Now that’s a good friend! It may sound funny now but at the time it embarrassing and painful. I bashed my leg, face and back too! I’m on ibuprofen and feeling better.

Anyways, for all of you inspired by the olympics and wanting to get in shape…I hope you have an easier time then me. I’ll be back at it soon but, for now I’m resting. Any goo/painful working out stories that you want to share to help my broken pride?


Vicki - August 14, 2008 - 8:06 am

Wow, I am not sure if I would have laughed. I think I would have been concerned and laughed later. But I am giggling now. Good thing Jeanne wasn’t there! I do especially like the part about the black on your face though. I am glad you’re not hurt. Well, except your pride. 🙂 Love you!

Kristen - August 14, 2008 - 8:10 am

Feel better soon!

AB - August 14, 2008 - 9:08 am

Hi Noemi,

I’ve been a reader since the Morrison’s and check pretty regularly (shh … don’t tell my boss), but this story made me laugh as this happened to my mom! She was walking, not even running, on the treadmill at the gym with my step-dad and decided to point out someone to him, lost her concentration and fell off the treadmill. She sprained her ankle and skinned one of her knees pretty bad, although I think her pride was hurt more! Just thought I would share that you’re not alone!

Chris - August 14, 2008 - 9:27 am

Can I just say OUCH. You poor thing. The only story I can think of right now was when I was younger and taking my dog for a walk in the winter. Dog saw a squirrel. Need I say more? Even with snow pants on I got ripped up pretty good.

Exercising is dangerous. So I am still avoiding it. Someday…


Feel better soon!

Karen - August 14, 2008 - 11:03 am

I have been a runner for 15 years without any incidents. A few weeks ago, I was out running with a friend’s dog. The dog stopped suddenly and I didn’t. Over the dog I go, scrapping my knee and hand up terribly. I continued running (after laying on the cement for a while) and with less than a mile to go, I tripped on a rock. Yes, a rock. I flew into a wooden fence, shoulder first. I came home from the run with dried blood on my knee and hand along with a black and blue shoulder. Hope you recover soon!

Rachel G. - August 15, 2008 - 9:24 am

Noemi, I love your enthusiasm for life (need I say that most people watching the Olympics would not necessarily translate that into immediate action!) and your transparency. Thanks for sharing – I hope you are feeling better all around.

Beka - August 15, 2008 - 1:36 pm

Oh Noemi, I’d like to hope I wouldn’t have laughed in the moment – but you tell such a good story it’s making me laugh now!

I hope you weren’t on those treadmills that have the multiple pieces of tread, have you seen those ones at Lifetime? I don’t know why they are like that, but I tried one once and was continually tripping! I got off and switched treadmills before I fell on my face, it was comin’!

But I do have a recent “Lifetime” moment that involves falling that was probably more embarrassing than yours!

So, I’m leaving work in the child center (yup, have my uniform on) and I’m about to walk out pass the front desk. Jakob likes the mannequins there, and he grabs the toes of one and starts shaking it. I realize it’s about to fall. So I yell JAKOB, trying to get him to move out of the way, cause I’m afraid it will fall on him. But as I am yelling and twisting around, I feel my sneaker stuck to the tile floor. So did I mention I have 5 month old Mercedes in a baby carrier on my chest? Yup, So I feel myself tripping – my motherly instinct tells me “roll to my side” and avoid crashing down on top of my infant. I was so concerned with not hurting Mercedes I didn’t even have time to attempt to catch myself, I just turned to my side, landing hard as the sporty mannequin crashes to the ground. I think everyone heard it in the whole place. The spa girl jumps up from her desk running to my side, innocent bystanders are frozen as they stare at me and my children. Jakob is still standing, watching it all fall around him… A membership manager comes over to make sure I’m okay as I hold back my tears until I’m in the privacy of my own car.
Yup- I think my story is way more embarrassing than yours, don’t you worry about your little tumble. I couldn’t even talk about my fall for a few days, but now I can laugh about it, although I am still quite embarrassed!

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