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OK, really this is a near miss, but I was freaked out. What are some of yours?<br><br>
Last week I was almost taken out by a flying sheet of ice.<br><br>
Here in NH, this time of year many cars & SUVs often drive around with a substantial layer of snow/ice on top. I'm pretty bad about clearing it all off the top of my Jeep, I'll admit. And sometimes driving down the road I'll be a bit worried a big hunk might fly off and hit the car behind me. But sometimes it's just frozen too solid, too thick, too much of a pain to clear in the current weather, whatever. It can accumulate pretty quickly.<br><br>
Well, I was running along the side of the road, in the bike lane, facing traffic. Where I always run. Then -- I had a split-second warning -- from the SUV about to pass me, all the ice on top of it suddenly flew into the air as a unit, a big flying rectangle of white, heading straight for me. I had just an instant to duck and raise my arm to cover my face. But it missed me. I turned around and saw it shatter on the ground just behind me.<br><br>
I can just see the news headlines... "Local professor beheaded in freak running accident".
 

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I see that on the road all the time while driving. I imagine it would look like the Phantom Zone from the Superman movies as it flies towards you.
 

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I've had collisions with cars about a half dozen times - once on a bike, and the others while running. The craziest one came when I was crossing a street with no traffic. A car comes at high speed BACKWARDS down a side street, runs the stop sign, turns the corner to aim right at me, and hits me. Fortunately he was breaking heavily just before he hit me. I kind of went up on the trunk and rolled off, uninjured. The driver threw it in drive and headed off, down the street I was trying to cross.<br><br>
I don't think the driver ever saw me, but the two kids in the back seat look terrified as my body filled the back window...
 

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I was running in the road against traffic the day after a snowstorm. I saw a pickup truck coming towards me and determined that there was plenty of room for both of us to pass. What I neglected to notice was the huge roll of carpet that was hanging out of the passengers side of the truck bed. I was nearly decapitated <img alt="shock.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/shock.gif">
 

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A guy over at run and race reports had reported that he got shot three time by a paint ball gun over the weekend. He posted pics. Go check it out!<br><br><a href="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum//showthread.php?t=22704" target="_blank">http://www.kickrunners.com/forum//sh...ad.php?t=22704</a>
 

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I got hit from the opposite side of the road with the mirror from someone's car. In addition I've had a full beer bottle thrown at me. I was also shot at once in the State forest and it wasn't hunting season. I still don't know whether they were really aiming for me or just wanted to see me turn white.
 

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I'm trying to forget about the owls. But yeah, my experiences there would count as somewhat freaky.
 

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<span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Do accidents where I wasn’t really in danger of being injured count? A couple of summers ago I was out on a lunchtime run at work (my building has a shower/locker room). It was a sunny, hot, humid day. When I finished the run I felt the call of nature and had to “pinch a loaf,” “take a deuce,” “doo doo,” “poop.” So, I went into the restroom adjacent to the locker room, pulled down my shorts and took a seat. The seats were those big, black shiny institutional kind, with the gap in the front, that you find in schools and other public restrooms. Fortunately the restroom was empty. Since I’d just finished the run I was still very sweaty but I plopped down anyway and figured I be nice and wipe the seat down when I was finished. But as I shifted my weight to gain access to the nether region for my post-poop wipe, my sweaty thighs and gluteus slid and cause my entire body to spin around. Suddenly I was sideways on the seat and my butt was rather close to water lever. Then, CRACK!!! The seat split in half and I had splash down. I picked myself up, flushed and stepped right into the shower and lathered up excessively. No one knew what happened and I wasn’t about to tell anyone. Later I overheard the building facilities guy talking with the building manager saying “…I don’t know. It was just cracked in half like some fat guy busted it when he took a crap.”</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Dan</span></span>
 

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Force--okay, nuthin' to do with running but... Bunch of years ago I worked for a vet. My co-worker kept telling the boss that the toilet seat was loose. Boss kept saying he'd fix it. Well, one day, boss goes into the restroom (cinderblock room). Next thing I know, there's the gawd awful crash and the sound of a toilet seat rattling on the floor. Of course, I knew exactly what happened and about busted a gut laughing to myself. Boss comes out and said "guess that seat was a bit loose". And I bust up laughing again. Then, when my co-worker comes in, I start laughing again and could hardly tell her what happened. Next thing you know, we're BOTH cracking up! The next day, we had a new toilet seat...
 

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Okay, so I'm thinking cracked-out driver... and I get to the kids in the back part and I just think<br><br>
SICK <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif">
 

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One of my dad's running buddies broke his nose by running into a parked van. He had his head down during a snow storm and didn't look up in time to see the van right in front of him. Kind of a knucklehead - he also damaged at least 2 gas pump hoses by driving off with them still jammed in his gas tank.
 

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This thread has me cracking UP at work, two other people are laughing at me laughing, they have no idea<img alt="laughing6.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/laughing6.gif">
 
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