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Subject: Dumbest running injury ever: Pointy tree branch vs. my ponytail
OK, OK, I'm not really *injured.* Just a scrape and my wounded pride.

Out for an early run this morning, and starting to get hungry and watch the clock to make sure I have enough time to get ready for work. I see the same tree I run by every time I'm this route, and because I'm distracted I don't duck my head far enough.

You guessed it -- a pointy tree branch drove itself between my head and my ponytail. The strength of the branch literally stopped me in my tracks. I had to stop, PULL THE TREE BRANCH OUT OF MY HAIR, fix my glasses, and get the leaves off my head. Of course by then there was plenty of traffic to witness.

Just in case you all needed a laugh today.


2013-08-08 3:07 PM
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Subject: RE: Dumbest running injury ever: Pointy tree branch vs. my ponytail
Ha! Well better your ponytail than your head. That could've hurt.
2013-08-08 3:09 PM
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Ha ha! I can just see that happening and thinking WTF? as it grabbed your hair.
2013-08-08 3:25 PM
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Subject: RE: Dumbest running injury ever: Pointy tree branch vs. my ponytail
No experience with ponytails, BUT I have quips with these plant jutting out into the sidewalks.

I really wish the someone would take care of some of the trees sticking out into the sidewalks in my area. It's like I have to do a hurdle over the sidewalk every time I run there. It makes it worse since it's next to a busy traffic and I have to step out on the road to avoid it. I'm almost thinking about taking some time over the weekend and sawing them down! /rantover
2013-08-08 3:59 PM
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Subject: RE: Dumbest running injury ever: Pointy tree branch vs. my ponytail
This reminds me of a horrifying scene I saw recently in the TV-series Bomb Girls (on Netflix).  A gal is distracted and her head gets too close to the giant hook hanging from the ceiling, which promptly embeds itself in her scalp and pulls it away.  So, yeah... be careful out there.
2013-08-08 7:27 PM
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Subject: RE: Dumbest running injury ever: Pointy tree branch vs. my ponytail
Believe it or not, but during a race this spring I had a tree branch go into my mouth and stop me dead in my tracks. My jaw was sore for a day. Couldn't chew that evening. I happened to look down (at a map) while running and BAM! No one would have believed it except I had a race partner who witnessed it and I had a scratch above my top lip and gouge in my mouth. Would have preferred the hair. :-)


2013-08-08 8:13 PM
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Subject: RE: Dumbest running injury ever: Pointy tree branch vs. my ponytail
One of my pet peeves are some of my neighbors who apparently can't spare 15 minutes to prune their trees to allow an adult to walk under their trees without ducking. I am contemplating asking the people across the street if they will allow me trim their tree. The tree is in front of the church which they pastor, and is on the their 2-3 acre lot.They often time have parishioners doing yard work, so I don't think they'll mind.

Suffered a similar injury a couple weeks ago... mowing under a tree, and didn't quite duck far enough. Hit the stub where I had pruned a nickle sized limb. Hit it pretty damn hard... drew blood, and left a nice gouge in my scalp... should have wore my bike helmet!

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2013-08-08 9:56 PM
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Subject: RE: Dumbest running injury ever: Pointy tree branch vs. my ponytail
Tree branches are dangerous!!

This winter I managed to poke both my eyes on the same run by two different branches. There was some ice making them hang down lower than usual. Lucky they just sort of scraped across and not poked in!! But I was mostly blind on the way home.
2013-08-09 5:45 AM
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Subject: RE: Dumbest running injury ever: Pointy tree branch vs. my ponytail
Don't mean to laugh, but well, I am. You have to admit that it was kind of funny since you didn't get injured. Glad that it only resulted in "wounded pride"
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