The Time I Fell Down

Today had all the makings of a fabulous long run. For once, the weather was a beautiful 65 degrees with low humidity. I was feeling great and hitting amazing splits. I literally was just thinking how awesome the run was. Then…I tripped over a tree root. Yes. There was a tree root in the middle of the sidewalk. The sidewalks in south Jersey are treacherous. I usually run on the shoulder for this very reason.  However, there were cars parked all over the shoulder today. Since I try not to run in the middle of the road, I took to the sidewalk.

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Here is one of my lovely, scratched, bruised, swollen knees.

I had started out running with another girl, but she was not going as far and had taken a different turn. I usually have my phone with me, but I did not today. I was five miles out on a nine mile run. As soon as I hit the pavement, I started hysterically crying. Not so much because it hurt, but because I was ridiculously shaken up. No one was around, and I was bleeding all over the sidewalk. After a short pity party, I decided to continue with the run because I knew there was a park just ahead. Surely they had sinks to wash off in.

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Nope. No sinks. At this point I had to run 4 miles to get back to the running store. I could’ve walked, but running would get me there faster. So…I ran back. As soon as I got back to the store, I ran to the bathroom to rinse out my wounds as best as I could. Luckily, someone had a first aid kit in their car. We cleaned the scrapes, put on neosporin, and bandaged them up the best we could.

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Clearly we aren’t the best with gauze. The shoulder scrape is by far the worst.

Lesson learned today: Bring the phone. Even if your running belt gets sweaty on summer days.

Don’t worry, though. I am fine. I did not break anything. I just have some scrapes and bruises.

Have you ever taken a nasty spill while running?

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14 thoughts on “The Time I Fell Down

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  2. Ouch!!! I’m so sorry this happened to you!! Definitely did not sound like a fun experience!!! You’re tough! Great lesson, too!! Glad you’re okay!! XOXO!!

  3. NOOOOOOOOOO!!! 😦 I’m sorry. I can tell even with the gauze that the shoulder is bad. I hope you’re feeling better today! I have taken one really nasty spill, ripped my running tights and tore a chunk out of my hand. Definitely shook me up too!

  4. Oh nooooo! I can only imagine how scary this must have been. Thankfully, you are alright! I am afraid to jinx it, but then the chances are very high that it’s bound to happen one day lol, I haven’t took a bad plunge YET! I hope your scretches heal up soon and don’t ruin your tan 😀 xoxo Olena

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