January 7, 2010

Would You Rather Search For A Needle Or A Key?

I now really understand what it means for searching for a "needle in a haystack". In fact, I think that searching for a needle in a haystack would be much easier than I did this evening. Somewhere along my run, through 3-4 inches of snow, in the middle of a blizzard, I dropped my keys. Yeah, I am that big of an idiot.

I pulled up an old route for 3 miles and headed out, and I was getting pretty close to home and it just came along too soon. I knew something was wrong. I pulled out my iPhone and realized I had not yet even gone 2 miles ... so there was no way the route would make 3 in total. In my confusion I somehow stopped the Runkeeper application and continued on ... revising my route. As I got closer to home I knew I was going to be short, but due to the fact that running in the snow was really hard and I had to go to the bathroom, I didnt care. Out of curiosity I pulled out my iPhone again (if I was going to be just a tiny bit short I would just run around the block). At this point I realized I wasnt even tracking my run. I get to my front door and realize I have no keys.

So while my run was short, I covered a lot of extra ground retracing my steps. My keys are literally just two keys on a keyring, like what is pictured. How easy do you think it is to find two keys somewhere in a 3 mile (or so) radius? Then add to that the fact that it is nighttime. Oh yeah, and the middle of a blizzard. A search for a needle in a haystack would have been more fruitful. I had to give it a shot and did some searching, but it was useless.

Running Log
Time:28:52   Distance:2.7mi   Pace:10:42

I wore the Yaktrax but still encountered some traction issues. Because they just have a small coil that lies on the surface of your shoe they just arent cut out for running in deep snow. It was better than nothing, but I struggled to get through those 2.7 miles. It was pretty challenging and my legs struggled. I can guarantee though the run was short I will be sore tomorrow ... it was like doing a crazy trail run or something! In the end, I'm glad I got a few miles in but sad that I had to be a dummy and lose my keys (then spend 20 minutes walking/running around looking for them in freezing temps while it was blizzarding out).


Carly said...

Dang!!! I did that once and low and behold several months later I randomly found my key as I was on a walk. But yes....a needle in a haystack would totally be easier.

Bethany + Ryan said...

Wow, that SUCKS! I hope someone was home to let u in. Ur iphone shld have a key-searching app!

Jamie said...

That sucks, I'm sorry. Seriously that is my worst fear. Congrats to you getting out in that blizzard.

kilax said...

Losing my keys is one of my worst nightmares! How did you get in the house?

Tim said...

you and your keys!!! I bet if you go back on that route after the snow melts (if ever) you will stumble across them.

robison52 said...

I'm so thankful that I have a automatic garage door with a keypad!!