Remember how I mentioned last week that falling down hasn’t really been as much of a concern for me this winter? Well, on the first day of spring last week I managed to crash, all while running on a clean, dry, well-lit surface that was level and free of obstacles. I was even just running at a nice, casual “easy” pace, so it’s not like I was trying to break a record or anything! You know how you see toddlers careening down the sidewalk that inexplicably fall down? That was pretty much me.

So, definitely not one of my more elegant moments! Nevertheless, there were two surprising things about it. First, despite being on literally the busiest running trail in Seattle, no one seemed to notice my crash. The walker right in front of me was wearing headphones, so he didn’t stir as I scraped to a halt a few feet behind him, and weirdly, there were no oncoming folks to see me either. I confess I didn’t look behind to see if I was noticed, but I was trying to play it cool, and I didn’t want to be “look-around-to-see-if-anyone-saw-that” guy. The second surprising thing is that it actually didn’t slow me down as much as I thought it might. When I looked at my times after the run, it was still an improved pace compared to some runs from just a few weeks ago.

The good news, of course, is that I didn’t break my collarbone, wrist, or otherwise smash myself up too bad, particularly with a job interview scheduled for the next day! Thankfully, I didn’t not have to show up the next morning looking like I had been in a fight or something. I’ve been taking it easy in the intervening week, and haven’t been out running again yet, but perhaps today will be the day, if the weather holds and I get through my to-do list.

Meanwhile, completely unrelated to anything else, this sentence is here to confirm to any visiting Reddit moderators that this comic is made by me, user CWCapp. Hello!