A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Run

Let’s hear about that run in which nothing, and I mean nothing went right.

Here’s my most recent terrible run, occurring today. I go out on the two-mile loop around a lake at a park near my house. Nothing bad about that; I’ve done it several times over the past few weeks with no issues. Trust me, there were issues today.

After not being able to find my way to finish the trail (there are multiple branches and I somehow kept getting stuck on a small circuit and unable to make it through to continue around the lake), I realize my car key has fallen out of my pocket. At this point, I was already headed back the way I came since I can’t make it around, even though I have several times before. This is a first for me, and I know this isn’t good. I start backtracking along the trail, walking and looking for my key. After walking probably about a mile, I am back at my car with no key. I head back out, trying to make it back as far as I went before turning around (I had already turned around and come back a quarter-mile or so when I realized my key was gone). I ask a fellow runner if he has seen my key. He says no, but he will keep a lookout as he does another loop. Back the other way, and still no luck as I make it about as far as I originally run when I see this other runner coming toward he. He spots the key, picks it up, hands it to me and keeps going. Barely time for me to say thanks. First problem solved.

I still want to make it all the way around the darn lake. I’ve done it before, but I can’t figure out where I am going wrong. I take one path, not cleared like the rest of the trail, and approach a neighborhood backyard. I soon wound up in a cul-de-sac. I kept getting stuck on my small circuit so I again turned around and headed back the way I came. At least I made it back to my car with my key in one piece and didn’t get eaten alive by a snake.

Now it’s time to hear your horror stories.

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June 11th, 2011
4:33 pm

My worst run never happened. I am attempting to run in as many states as possible. After losing 110 pounds, I began 1 1/2 years ago running in events. I have done runs in 8 states so far. A couple of months ago, I signed up for a run in Opelika, AL on a Saturday morning. I left in PLENTY of time to make the drive from north of Atlanta. An 18 wheeler turned over on I-85 and spilled cooking oil all over the place and the road was closed. I was stuck in traffic and could find out what was happening because the cell towers were jammed. I never made it to the run. Wasted a Saturday and didn’t get my 9th state.


June 11th, 2011
4:54 pm

DHD. You lost 110#! You have a goal to run in as many states as possible! You are a true winner in my book. Your Saturday wasn’t wasted because you inspired ME!


June 13th, 2011
10:01 am

My worst run? A number of years ago I was up early and jogging on a golf course in Hilton Head. A little fog, cool morning and I was thoroughly enjoying the run. Came across a putting green with a log on it. No trees anywhere and I was wondering “what idiot put a log on the putting green?” As I went to investigate and stepped over the log, the log opened it’s mouth on the other end and hissed, suddenly becoming a five foot alligator! Needless to say, I ran (flew?) the next couple of miles without looking back. A year later I heard a jogger was bit on the butt on a golf course in Hilton Head! There, but for the grace of God, could have been me! Worst run of my life.

Gen Neyland

June 13th, 2011
10:09 pm

I’ve experienced so many bad runs, none stand out except for two hard tumbles on trails I wish I had avoided. Man, those rocks don’t give and when you’re in your mid 50’s, they hurt. Happy to say I’m trying extra hard not to take a 3rd fall as I creep toward 60. Slow is good… Thank goodness for Aflac.