Thursday, June 12, 2008
It happens to the best of us! I was out for my evening run a couple nights ago, happily running along a residential street, jamming to my favorite new Coldplay song ("Viva la Vida" if you haven't heard it yet) and next thing I know, I'm on the ground. Big ouch! I scraped up the palms of my hands, an elbow, and the side of one knee, but nothing was bruised as much as my ego.
But in all seriousness, it really wasn't as embarrassing as I thought it might be. (Luckily this was not a busy street.) I fell right next to someone's drive way and of course a man was right there next to his car. He was nice and concerned, but after examining myself for anything life-threatening (I was scraped up but not bloody), I ran away from there as fast as I could while saying, "Thanks…no, I'm fine!" over my shoulder.
These are the sorts of things that many of us fear. We feel self-conscious enough exercising in front of others, and we worry about looking silly, stupid, weird or fill-in-the-blank. I've seen people fall on treadmills (one woman who fell was pulled into a wall behind her by the treadmill belt). One time I fell off of a stability ball while teaching a class full of exercisers! But you know, all you can do is get back on and keep going. Now that I've experienced one of my worst fears of embarrassment, I realize that (as long as you don't really hurt yourself), it's not as bad as I imagined. And it's definitely not bad enough to prevent me from going back out there again.
Have you ever fallen or done something really embarrassing at the gym or while working out? Did it stop you from coming back? Share in the comments below!