Falling over when running and when do I to run afterwards

You may remember when I fell for the first time when on a run and how I described my thoughts about it. Well, I am afraid to say that over a year later, I am devastated to report that I have fallen again during a run and this time it hurt a little and it made me think a bit more about falling over and how I get over it. Shall we?

It is good to fall when around another runner

The first time I fell over, I was on my own some on a dark towpath, but luckily on Wednesday night, I was with Victoria who was able to check up on me and make sure I was okay and to give a lookout to see if anyone had caught the tumble. She was able to see if I had any other injuries other than my very grazed and bloody knee, and luckily other than that I had a slight graze on my elbow and palm. Pretty fortunate to be fair! I had to reassure her I was okay, even though the blood was running down my leg and we continued on our merry if uncomfortable way.

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After the first of many cleans to get rid of stones and dirt. Ouchies

Everyone always says they hope no one ever sees them when their fall happens, I am not so sure about that. I liked that I had someone there to make sure I was okay (even if I was a little stubborn and wanted to carry on the run). Falling or tripping whilst out on a run is not a pleasant experience, so to have your running partner there with and for you really was comforting and made the whole thing a little less embarrassing. Though my first thought was oh crap did I catch Victoria as she made a sharp sound (second thought did I roll into that parked car). The only negative is that she didn’t lie to me and tell me that the fall was graceful. I wanted to her that I did an amazing tuck and roll… Instead, I fell sideways and rolled with the elegance of a drunk sealion. Ah well!

When do you run again?

How long is a piece of string? It is a tough one as obviously it is dependent on the person and the fall. I can only ever relate to my two falls and this one was the worse of the two as a lot more skin taken from my knee. The previous time I waited two days before going again just to get it all to scab and heal over. But, due to this being worse, I decided that I wasn’t going to run until it had at least scabbed over enough not to be an open wound. I could have used the excuse of the fall from ignoring all running for a little while, but I wouldn’t be doing myself justice by doing that. I like to get back on the proverbial horse as quick as possible, but not to the point where it hurts me. That’s just silly (I have run when injured, but hey I am learned! Small steady steps on a flat service).

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I found the run a little uncomfortable as I could feel my knee moving the entire time. That was either due to it just being fresh or because there is a little more damage. I wasn’t in any pain, but it was a noticeable discomfort. It is reassuring to know that the knee was okay with running, though I was going at a gentle pace with Victoria as I did not want to overexert it too early just in case as I simply just did not know if there had been damage. Not all discomfort or pain is to do with the physical side, sometimes and by sometimes the I mean the vast majority of the time it lives in your mind.

Get out of your head

I am more than able to run again now, but I am a little hesitant to run down the road where I fell anytime soon. I do not know why this was really as I walk it every day and walked it a few times back and forth after the fact. I also walked the point where I fell the first time, though I knew to run a little wider at the point where I tripped. I have read from others who will not run near the place they fell at all and I don’t want to be that way. I want to have no worries about where I am running as if I do, then I am overthinking everything a little too much and you can’t have that when you are running. I like to only think about my pace and distance and then some random thoughts when on a run, not whether or not that I am going to fall flat on my face.

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Back in my happier non-falling over days.

If you are a little anxious about running again, that is perfectly fine and do not let you or anyone else pressure you into going out and run again, especially on that route. If your confidence is low, then just go for a walk along the route, show yourself that it is fine and one trip isn’t going to affect you. But, if the trip has affected you, then just take your time, running will always be there and just ease yourself back in. For example, I am actually happy that I only ran a short slow distance on Sunday. I was letting my mind and my body know it was okay. Yes, I was a bit more vigilant on the path and what I might encounter or fall on, but that is going to happen and should be very much expected. You are not going to be like “oh I fell yesterday off I go without a care in the world”. No, you are going to be careful, you may not run as fast as usual and that’s grand. Try not to focus on it. I imagine only proper or confident runners are able to have no mental blocks to running as fast as they did previously. We are not in that bracket, we will ease our minds back into it all at our own pace… Luckily for me, my pace is quite slow…

Well, that is all from me and my falling adventures today! I am trying to figure out a good schedule for the blog as I want to talk about running more, is two times a week too much? Let me know!

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