The Day I (Almost) Died

Today I did my first ever 10km run. 10km!


And OK, I did it on the treadmill rather than outside, and I didn’t exactly break the land speed record in the process, but I did manage to run for the full 10km without stopping or walking, AND I did it without having my own choice of music to listen to, thanks to my iPhone deciding to reach critical battery when I still had two kilometres to go. I knew that if I reached my goal, I’d want to take the photo above (featuring a guest appearance by the enormous head of Lily Allen), so I had to turn off the phone and resort to watching the only music station available on the treadmill, which was called FLAUNT. And which played the most depressing video I have ever seen in my life. Evereverever. Seriously, it was by someone called “Just Jack” and it was called “The Day I Died.” Can you guess what it was about? CAN YOU?

“Now we have a song about a man who gets run over by a taxi,” intoned the disembodied voice-over man on FLAUNT. “And dies.”

And sure enough: the man got run over by a taxi. And died. We, the viewing audience, were treated to this event in all its heart-breaking misery. We saw the man get up, and have a jolly breakfast with his loving wife and cute little kids. We saw him kiss them goodbye, and leave for work, taking a quick moment as he opened the door to look back on his loving family and reflect on how very lucky he was to have them. The family, meanwhile, looked back at him, all smiles and thankfulness. And the whole time this was happening, we, the audience, knew that the man was about to be run over by a taxi. It actually made me want to die. I ran the whole of the last kilometre thinking “OMG! OMG! His wife! And those kids! It was just an ordinary day, but then he… he… DIED! Wah! What if that happens to me? Or Terry? Or my parents? What if, on this very ordinary Wednesday, I am, in fact, about to be run over by a taxi? And I’ll have spent the last 72 minutes and 38 seconds of my life running on the spot, on this stupid machine?”

What a total downer.

Seriously, if you run, and you’re looking for music to motivate you, don’t choose “The Day I Died”. Because at the end of my run, as happy as I was with the achievement, all I could think about was that poor, poor man, and his wife and kids. I hate FLAUNT. I’m charging my iPhone as I write this, so I never have to watch FLAUNT again. Then I’m loading it with songs called “Fluffy Bunnies Who Totally Don’t Die During the Song” and “No Taxis in This One!”

Anyway. I ran 10km, but I had the weight of the world on my shoulders for the last km, and was so depressed it was all I could do to put one foot in front of the other, so it was more like 12km. It was like FLAUNT actually wanted me to fail, you know?

I also have another milestone to celebrate this week, as The Fashion Police had its 3rd birthday yesterday. So I’ve spent three years now writing about how much I hate Crocs and harem pants, which I guess is quite an odd thing to spend three years doing when you could get run over by a taxi at any given time. Still, it pays the bills, so happy birthday, Fashion Police, here’s to three more taxi-free years! I hope.


  • Veronika says:

    wow, congrats. I do a 20 min. run and that’s about 3,5 km and I’m like totally dead after that so 10 km? big deal :)
    sorry about the dead taxi guy..

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  • Claudia says:

    Hi Amber,

    Impressive! Well done! I'm not able to run 800 meters without cramps and heavy breathing :-).

    Just a quick note – the hyperlink is supposed to get you to the FP homepage, right? It takes you to another site showing..uhm.. Multi Colour Wavey Sequin Leggings. Which, I think, serves a good purpose as well :-).

  • Wow, I am so impressed! You're a total running champ. And happy bloggiversary!
    .-= Amanda Nicole´s last blog .. =-.

  • Kristabella says:

    Wow! I am IMPRESSED! Good for you! Especially with a bad song playing! If I don't have something to entertain me, I usually start walking! Kudos!
    .-= Kristabella´s last blog ..Laffs =-.

    • Amber says:

      Thanks! Under normal circumstances, I'd have started walking too, but I was just too close to my goal to let myself stop! I did consider just throwing myself out of the window, though…

  • Mhairi says:

    Congratulations on the run, I need to learn how to run for 5k and so far it isn't happening (well going to the gym might help that I suppose).

    Well done again
    .-= Mhairi´s last blog ..and now the panic sets in…….. =-.

    • Amber says:

      Going to the gym will definitely help – I was really suprised by how quickly I was able to build up to running long-ish distances, and I've always been the least athletic person in the world, ever. Once you have a few more gym sessions under your belt, you'll be fine :)

  • Dana says:

    Let me get this straight: you run 10 km, and only loose about 700kcal?? More or less a vanilla milkshake…. That's why i don't run :) (or drink milkshakes)
    .-= Dana´s last blog ..New skirt =-.

    • Amber says:

      I don't think the calorie counter on those machines is very accurate, to be honest – and I don't bother putting in my weight and height, which will make it less so. But yeah, it's a bit of an eye-opener!

  • dressjunkie says:

    Thats such a achievement, congrats!!! :) xxx
    .-= dressjunkie´s last blog ..OOTD =-.

  • Veta says:

    Wow, Amber, I admire the 10k run, especially in the face of a music station which tries to thwart your workout (maybe so it takes you longer to see results and you remain a gym member longer?) I can barely run 1k…my bf and I have slowly devolved "workout" into "go to gym, get in jacuzzi, get in sauna, leave".
    .-= Veta´s last blog ..a vintage trunk, finally! =-.

  • Rock Hyrax says:

    I’m very VERY impressed by that run!

    And yes, that is a depressing video – if that particular day was the best day of that man’s life, death must have come as a welcome release…

  • Aimee says:

    Wow – well done! I have to say that it is a little dissappointing to find out that running 10k only burns 729 calories!!
    .-= Aimee´s last blog ..Thursday 17.09. =-.

    • Terry says:

      Depends on your weight etc as well though. Treadmill told me I burned 1070 calories during a 10k a couple of weeks ago. Mind you I am twice the size of Amber :)

    • Amber says:

      Thanks! I don't actually bother putting my weight and height into the machine because I don't think the calorie thing is very reliable, so I've no idea what I actually burned!

  • Claire says:

    Congratulations! It's a slippery slope from here – I used to run in the gym, then I did Race for Life, and then it snowballed so that tomorrow I'm doing my third half marathon.

    And whilst running shoes make for fairly dull shopping, there is so much kit you can buy – wrist mounted sat navs, funky water bottles… can be an expensive hobby.

    • Amber says:

      Ha, yes, I've noticed I've been spending more on gym kit and running clothes lately on normal clothes, which is quite a departure for me – I can see how it could get expensive!

      Good luck on the half marathon – I'm in awe!

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