You know I don’t feel like an old lady since the big birthday. Yet I do realize I am getting older which I don’t dwell on, but you know, its there. Yesterday as part of my Team In Training plan, I had a three mile training run. Little did I realize the run would end with “I’ve Fallen and I CAN Get Up”.
The run STARTED OK. I decided to head to my favorite packed gravel trail by the river, its an easy 3 mile loop. It was a gorgeous fall day and warm, but not too hot. I love this trail its my happy place.
My 3 miles was run at 1 minute run, 45 second walk intervals. Into the first mile, I decided I do NOT like this set of intervals – I will be shortening the run interval next run. I felt sluggish and just was not into the run at all, but decided I would trudge on and the last mile push it. Bad call, training called for me to have a moderately easy run, hello that does not include pushing it. I as so happy when my Garmin beeped signalling mile 2. At 2.72 miles into my run, I tripped on something. I had one of those felt like I was going in slow motion…
“Oh No, Am I Going to Fall???” I took three steps to try to steady myself as I went down and realized, “Yep, Its happening”. Down I went on my left side, natural instinct, I put my hands down to break my fall. I went down on my left side, rolled and ended up on my back. For a split second I thought “Do I need Life Alert?”
On my back I saw runners and walkers behind me in the not far distance, so I stood up and waved and shouted “I’m OK”. I picked up my hand water bottle and decided to just walk the rest of the way to my car. A sweet mom pushing her son in the jogging stroller stopped by me and said are you sure you are OK. Yep, just a scraped up knee and well today my left wrist is sore.
I walked in irritation at myself for falling. While I am no FloJo, I was pushing myself and I think I just tripped on my feet. I was lucky I didn’t hurt myself. Then I saw a sign. On the side of the path this guy was looking right at me.
So I finished my run enjoying the shady scenery and while NOT the finish I had hoped, I got it done. I was very happy about that. And MAJOR props to my new earphones I purchased myself, Yurbuds Inspire Sport Earphones Earbuds (here’s that Affiliate link). The did NOT fall out when I fell. My water bottle ended up about 2 feet in front of me, but those Yurbuds stayed in my ears. I am thrilled as I have had a dickens of a time trying many earphones that didn’t stay in when I ran, so you looking for some earphones, give them a try as I have been blown away how well they stay in my sweaty ears.
I was walking to my car doing some stretching when I noticed the gorgeous flowers at the start of the trail. Fall is in the air, pretty weed aren’t they?
I got in my car happy I didn’t hurt myself. Remember when I told you how serious falls can be, yeah that thought crossed my mind. I was glad I was able to get through my disappointment in myself with not making my goal time and in NOT following my plan. I also was thankful I was able to get up and move on, which is really what life is about. When you fall, you deal and move on. For those who have said to me “you are such a strong person”, here is my secret:
Have you ever fallen when you ran? A friend of mine did and broke her wrist, you ever been hurt in a fall?
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