Thursday, June 21, 2007

Foot Scare

I forgot to include one story from last weekend that almost kept me from my run and, for a split second, gave me a scare that made all my running plans flash before my eyes. I was in the garage scrounging around for my first aid kit where I had some S!Caps stashed from my last backpacking trip. I stepped behind a stack of boxes and <CRUNCH!>. I felt something cut into my foot. I immediately looked down to see a shattered X-mas ornament. I hopped onto my left foot and lifted my right to find a pretty good sized piece lodged in my right heel. As I pulled it out I managed to step and get a piece in my right toe. The piece in the heel was larger, but neither turned out to be too deep, just enough to send me moaning and hopping into the house. My wife, hearing my wails, came rushing down the stairs to find me laying on the floor on my back with both feet in the air. I'm sure I looked ridiculous and it would have been a funny site were it not for the blood coming from both my feet. Woman of action that she is, Zane had paper towels on my feet and a box of bandages in her hand before I knew what happened. She forced me to keep my feet in the air while keeping pressure on the wounds. Luckily they stopped bleeding fairly quickly and with bandages applied I could actually walk without pain. I obviously went forward with the run and they didn't bother me at all the whole time. I had planned to take the bandages off before heading out (against Zane's recommendation), but I forgot and luckily left them on (when will I learn?) since when I took them off after the run and walked around, It hurt again. Apparently, the bandages provided just enough padding. At any rate, it was just a scare, but I will be more careful next time I am wandering around the garage. Perhaps I'll actually even clean it one day...hmm.

8 comments:

Dirt Runner said...

Why clean the garage when you can just where shoes? I kicked a chair 2 weeks out from the AT100 and now have a standing rule in my house. The last month going into a big race I where shoes in the house regardless of what time of the day.

Eudemus said...

Wearing shoes around the house? That just sounds too weird! But, I'm willing to try anything that allows me to put off cleaning the garage for a little longer :-)

angie's pink fuzzy said...

yikes!

Jessica Deline said...

*cringe* glad it wasn't worse!

matt said...

man, that kind of glass just pulverizes into powder, too. I am glad you didn't get millions of little pieces embedded into your foot. you are a tough, steve! the man can walk on glass and still get out and run.

Eudemus said...

Matt, yeah, tough as long as you weren't my wife who had to listen to me moan and whimper :-)

Whiskey Kilo said...

So many people I train with are all hot about running barefoot for at least a few miles a week. I've always wondered why they dont get sticks and stuff like this jammed in their feet. Glad it wasnt serious.

Eudemus said...

Whiskey, I'm actually one of those people who run barefoot occasionally to strengthen my feet. I usually do it in the park on grass, but sometimes I do it on trails with gravel. I have pretty tough skin from a childhood of almost never wearing shoes in summer. I think it actually helped me from having the ornament shards go deeper into my foot.