The 8 Miler That Wasn’t

So I had an 8 miler on my training schedule for Saturday, and I was actually really looking forward to it. When I was in San Antonio, I didn’t have/make time to do my long run, but I just decided that my shorter and speed training runs around the weekend run would be enough, and Saturday’s 8 miler was a test to make sure I was really on track with training.

I slept pretty late since I am still recovering on sleep from working 27 hours between last Saturday and Sunday, and after eating a quick pre-run breakfast, I set out. I mapped out an 8 mile route from my apartment running mostly through the city, and off I went. The first mile was a little tough, but as I got into miles 2 and 3 I got in my groove and was feeling really good.

I had picked a pretty hilly route because, as I mentioned before, I’m really trying to incorporate more hills into my training runs. Miles 3 and 4 were quite hilly, but after the 4 mile mark things evened out and I was feeling great (and not to mention, half way done). During that part of the run, I was running down M Street in Georgetown, which is probably the worst choice for a running route because it’s super crowded and pretty poorly paved on the sidewalks. That said, I’ve run it many, many times and never had a problem, until Saturday.

Just as I passed the 4.25 mile mark, I must have stepped directly into a hole where a brick should have been, and I went FLYING. I landed hard on my knees and used my hands to break my fall, and it was so sudden that it really caught me off guard. I jumped right up and there were several people around me asking if I was OK, and I told them thanks but yes I’m fine, and started running again.

As I took those first few steps, my knees just did NOT feel right, especially my left knee. I didn’t want to pull my pants up to look, but I knew I was feeling super emotional and that I should probably just call it quits, so I called my friend Amber to see if there was any way she could come get me. She sent her fiancé Mike, who is also a good friend, and he ended up coming to scoop me and driving me the rest of the way home.

When I got home, I took a look at my knee, and it wasn’t bad scrape wise, but it definitely felt bruised underneath.

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Very attractive photo, I know.

I ended up icing it for a while before hoping in the shower, which was probably the most painful part of the whole experience because it stung so bad! After icing it though, I was walking around and it didn’t feel quite so bad, so I knew nothing was terribly wrong.

When I woke up yesterday, it felt fine, so I decided to give Yoga for Runners a go to see how it felt. Many of the postures have you on your knees, and so after just 10 minutes, I decided to abort the mission and go to the gym to test it out instead. I ended up doing 30 minutes on the Stairmaster before getting on the treadmill and knocking out 2 miles. It hurt to have my running pants over the knee, so I just pulled it up, but other than that it felt fine. I don’t know if I did the right thing by stopping, because I think it was more that the experience shook me up than anything, and I’m pretty bummed I missed my long run, again.

My plan to get back into it is to follow the training plan to a T this week, busting out 4.5 miles today, intervals on Wednesday, strength on Thursday, and then a 9 miler on Friday since I’m out of town this coming weekend. I think that if all goes well this week I’ll be fine for the half, but I’m not going to push it if 9 feels too long on Friday and will scale back to 8 if need be.

Have you ever taken a spill during a run? How did you respond?

29 Comments on The 8 Miler That Wasn’t

  1. Kim
    February 6, 2012 at 8:57 am (9 years ago)

    Considering I am extremely clumsy (my husband And I both!), Yes, lots of times, the best thing to do is just get up and keep going. If you stop, Murphy and his ridiculous law would have won 🙂
    Hope your scratched up knee feels much better. x

  2. Victoria
    February 6, 2012 at 8:57 am (9 years ago)

    Those sidewalks are treacherous. Glad to hear you are OK, and I really don’t think missing the last ~3 miles of an 8 miler will affect your training much.

    Ha. Have I ever taken a spill while running? 14 years ago, I wiped out on a patch of ice and fell flat on my back. Turns out that I fractured a vertebrae, but didn’t find out until 6 months later, when I got a doctor-ordered x-ray to evaluate the source of my back pain, which I assumed was muscular.


  3. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    February 6, 2012 at 9:01 am (9 years ago)

    I’ve definitely taken a few spills in my day. During running, I’ve also ran into 2 doors. It’s awkward. :p

  4. definediana
    February 6, 2012 at 9:18 am (9 years ago)

    I’m sorry about your knee. I can definitely relate. Back in September I flew over my bike handles and landed on my knee pretty hard. I still have a hard time doing some yoga poses on it now. I hope everything works out for the half, but remember that it could take a while to heal completely to be able to do things where you need to be on your knees (like yoga). Good luck!

  5. Tina @ Best Body Fitness
    February 6, 2012 at 9:40 am (9 years ago)

    Oh, ouch! I’m glad that overall you’re okay and it wasn’t worse…but hope you feel 100% soon. That looks very painful to me. 🙁

  6. Jenny
    February 6, 2012 at 9:50 am (9 years ago)

    Ouch! I took a nasty tumble once during a lunch run on the GW Parkway. My Garmin wasn’t set on the right screen and I was tinkering with it as I ran, big mistake. I lost my balance and fell forward and to the side so instead of landing on the pavement I fell into the gravel/grass next to it. Hurt so bad! Now my favorite pair of Lucy pants has a hole and my knee has a permanent scar. Once I got past the immediate discomfort, I was ok and my Lucy pants survived; I only buy Lucy pants now!

    Good luck with the next long run and feel better! Maybe you can start running in Rock Creek Park?

  7. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    February 6, 2012 at 9:56 am (9 years ago)

    Aww that stinks! Hope you’re feeling better soon!

    (Not a runner so I can’t really contribute anything on that front.)

  8. Sarah
    February 6, 2012 at 10:03 am (9 years ago)

    I hoep your knee gets better soon.

    I have never taken a spill while running but my fiance has. It was during our 15 mile run for MCM. He fell into a fence… (you can read about it here Since he hurt his arms and not legs he continued and finished the run. I don’t know how he did it!! I would have been an emotional wreck.

  9. alison
    February 6, 2012 at 10:32 am (9 years ago)

    Have I ever! I fell at mile 3 of the MCM! I was running with a friend who helped me up, I was more schocked than anything. It’s super crowed that early in the race. I was ok mentally after a few minutes but by mile 18 I was feeling it. I went to adust my sock and my ankle was twice its normal size! Not to mention the hole in my running tights and my bloody elbow. At that point I slowed down to walk but I was able to finish. The Marines wrapped it up nice and I thought the next day it would be fine. Uh, no. I went to the ER and had to get an xray. It was pretty bad. They thought I had a fracture but it was only a high angle sprain. 3 weeks later I could run again. Yay! A year and a half later I still have discoloration on that ankle but I kinda hope it never goes away at this point 🙂 and I have a good story to go along with my first marathon.

  10. Cait @ Beyond Bananas
    February 6, 2012 at 10:55 am (9 years ago)

    Oh no!! I hope your knee heals quickly!!!
    I took a spill once on a busy part of route 7! I was SO concerned and keeping an eye out for cars coming out of driveways.. that I wasn’t watching where I was going and I tripped over.. well .. nothing. But I still tripped. I am lucky I fell forward and not to the side or I probably would have been hit by a car. There were not any people outside.. only in their cars. I was so embarrassed that I just got up and kept running. Luckily.. I didn’t injure anything and finished my run. Some cuts and scrapes.. and bruised ego for sure!

  11. Jenny
    February 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm (9 years ago)

    Well, I don’t run, so no I haven’t fallen during a run. But, one day I was walking through the parking lot to my WW meeting, and I stepped wrong and Hello ground! It felt totally surreal and completely embarrassing. I jacked my knee up pretty bad, I was bleeding and had a horrible bruise. No one seemed to notice (thank God, I have no idea how no one saw me) but I limped the rest of the way into my meeting.

    Glad to hear you’re ok though!

  12. LauraB
    February 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm (9 years ago)

    Hi Beth. Long time reader, first time poster. First of all, love your blog. I’m currently on WW, so you’ve been a great inspiration and source of information. Secondly, I am the most accident prone person ever and have fallen while running multiple times. Most recently I was running along the tidal basin during cherry blossom season (bad idea with all the tourists), tripped over some uneven pavement and went flying. Tore up my right knee and left hand pretty bad, my iphone, which I was holding, went flying and scared this poor woman who was pushing a double stroller. Some kind people helped me up and asked if I was ok. I told them yes and walked/limped a mile or so back to my car.

    Glad you’re ok and definitely take it easy for the next few days or so.

  13. Maria
    February 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm (9 years ago)

    Yeowch! Glad to hear you’re okay :-/ I’ve had a mental block too lately and haven’t been able to get my long runs in which freaks me out since the half is so soon! Eeep!

  14. Hilary
    February 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm (9 years ago)

    I’ve definitely taken a few falls…and I think they were all ice-related. Nothing bad enough to make me stop though.

  15. Maryann
    February 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm (9 years ago)

    New here. Hope you are okay with that fall. Interested in your food posts and points for WW. Not a member but know I can only have 26 pts. I am vegan also.

  16. Jill
    February 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm (9 years ago)

    OUCH!!! I bailed on my bike once and fractured my elbow but no running bails yet. Knock on wood. On a side note I made Italian tofu balls and they were awesome, even the meat eater Hubs loved them. Thanks for the inspiration.

  17. Roz@weightingfor50
    February 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh OWCH Beth. Hope your knee feels better VERY soon. (I took a giant tumble like that a couple of days before my wedding….omg, my knee was a mess…my fall was on a curb. What? you have to lift your foot and step ON the curb??? really?? 🙂 ) Take care.

  18. Linda @ Lemons
    February 6, 2012 at 6:02 pm (9 years ago)

    I fell once when I had to step to the side of the C&O Canal towpath to let a maintenance truck drive by. There was snow covering all of the roots on the side, and I tripped over one of them, like you, down on my hands and knees. It happened so fast I was somewhat dumbfounded. The worst part was that I tore my $100 CWX running tights. Both of my knees were slightly swollen and bruised and bleeding, and my hands were scraped even though I had gloves on. I had to finish the run back to my car, there was no other way to get back.

    I hope you feel better soon!

  19. Lisa
    February 6, 2012 at 8:26 pm (9 years ago)

    I wasn’t running, but I fell getting off a machine at the gym. I tripped over the metal plate at the foot of the back extension machine and practically fell into this man’s feet who was on a shoulder press machine. Caught myself with my hands though and ended up messing up both elbows, which is where I thought your falling story was going. I cracked one elbow and sprained the other, but it was so painful!

    I hope your knees are feeling better!

  20. Andrea
    February 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm (9 years ago)

    I fell REALLY hard back in October. I tripped over a crack in the sidewalk and skinned my entire leg. I was bleeding all over the sidewalk and was a mile and a half from my house. I had to limp back (because I’m the smart girl that never runs with her phone). It took 3 weeks to heal and I still have a little scar.

    I think you’ll be ok – you want to make sure its only a bruise and nothing more serious. I know you’ll get right back to your training and you don’t want to risk hurting yourself.

  21. Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic
    February 6, 2012 at 9:34 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh no, so sorry about your fall. I totally understand that you would be completely shaken up. The worst part is you’re not really sure how serious it is. I think you did the right to call it quits, and your plan for next week sounds great.

  22. Life's a Bowl
    February 7, 2012 at 9:06 am (9 years ago)

    Oye, I hope your wound has healed up! I took my first [hard] spill a couple of summers ago when I joined a running group. We were running throughout Gtown and there was a part of the trail that was roughed up and I didn’t see it… I fell forward, put both my hands out, and totally cut up my palms :/

  23. Anne P
    February 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm (9 years ago)

    Aww I’m glad you are okay! I have definitely face planted during runs before. Not awesome.

  24. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    February 9, 2012 at 8:04 am (9 years ago)

    When I was training for the Baltimore 1/2 Marathon a few years ago, I would go out running before work (at 5 am or so). I was about 2 miles into my run one morning and tripped over the uneven sidewalk and BAM. I landed on my knees, chin and somehow turned my hands kind of backward and scraped up the front of my wrists! I had to hobble back to my house, blood dripping everywhere! It was awful. I still have the scars, but at least when I look at them it just brings back memories of that awesome race. 🙂

  25. SlimKatie @ Runs for Cookies
    February 10, 2012 at 9:00 am (9 years ago)

    That story reminds me of a time I fell in the same manner. I was running and I had to cut across the street (going through a median of grass) and my foot went into a hidden hole in the ground. I went FLYING forward and landed hard on my stomach. Normally, there is nobody outside while I’m running–but of course, that day, there were a bunch of construction workers right there to witness the whole thing. I was so embarrassed! 😉

  26. cookie robinson
    March 11, 2012 at 8:18 pm (9 years ago)

    Hope ur helpful.i fell flat out6mos ago,chin,blood lots.2day i was really spooked 1 1/4,fell1st time(uneven payment)though due2antic earphones/radio.2nd time around,w/out radio,fell flat out2nd time,same knee&palms.encouraging stories.keep jogging.was thinking my shoes r cumbersomr,thinkimg of “5fingers” mayb not,just avoid section,uneven pvmt.


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