Trail run tip no. 1: Don’t wear your Shuffle on your chest

I’m running along the bay trail. Wearing the Nathan vest that makes Mo laugh and avert her eyes. Capn Carl shirt, NB110s, Shuffle blaring, hr in a good place. I am a studly runner.

Then. Disaster.

My shoe catches on a rock. (note to self: You really, really, really, really, really  have to work on lifting your feet. really.) No reaction time, I slam down hard on my chest. I marvel at how much bigger the trail looks from an inch away. It hurts. I want my mommy.

Upon impact, Liz Phair stops singing, replaced by a sad little beep beep beep beep beep silence. Which doesn’t concern me much, since I’m still debating whether I’m alive.

As it turns out, yes, I am. Scraped knee and hand, and a chest that reminds me of the Smith Boy days of belly flop dives. The only fatality: the Shuffle.

Because it was on the strap on the front of the vest, it took a direct hit. The mechanism is jammed up into the body. Muerto. I suspect trail running is not meant to be done to a soundtrack.

The bright side? The song playing at the time was “F*** and Run.” (It’s 134 bpm so it’s on  the speedwalk playlist. Don’t judge.) Oh, well. At least the Shuffle died doing what it loved. And in the middle of a song about running …

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1 Response to Trail run tip no. 1: Don’t wear your Shuffle on your chest

  1. tosuperstar says:

    I am going to write a song, ” I have f***in Fallin and I can’t get up”. Glad you are alright, may your Shuffle RIP.


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