Yesterday, I didn’t get up early to exercise before work, so I decided to go for a run in the evening. Dave was picking up Catie from daycare, so I thought I’d squeeze in my workout before dinner. The couch-to-5K workout is only 30 minutes, after all. No biggie, right?
So I set off on my usual route. And it was fine. On my second running interval, I came to an intersection – although, “intersection” seems like the wrong word because it’s really just the place where a residential street meets another residential street; it’s not like there are stoplights or traffic involved. But anyway, since there was a street crossing, the sidewalk dips down a bit as it leads to the road, making the sidewalk accessible for wheelchairs, strollers, etc.
And even though I’ve crossed that particular road a thousand times with no issues before, this time I somehow lost my footing, and I went sprawling into the concrete. I was carrying my iPhone (since it has my couch-to-5K app on it), and in my effort to try to save my iPhone, my elbow took most of the force of the fall. I also managed to skin my wrist, one of my knees, and part of my stomach. (Nothing hotter than skinned belly flab, let me tell you.) It was a pretty epic wipe-out.
I quickly got up and assessed the damage, saw that I was bleeding from more than one place, and I cursed loudly. (Sorry, neighbors!) I turned off the couch-to-5K app and tried to call Dave to tell him to come pick up his bleeding wife on the side of the road. Alas, his cell phone was off and he didn’t answer the home phone. I knew that likely meant that he was playing outside with Catie, so he wouldn’t be able to hear the phone ring. (I found out later, I guessed correctly.)
So, I had to hobble back home – about 3/4 of a mile from the site of my humiliation – dripping blood on the sidewalk the whole way. I’m sure the people who drove past me were horrified.
And you know, I’m FINE. I am. It’s just some cuts and scrapes, and they’ll heal eventually. But I’m just SO ANGRY about it. I’m mad that I had to cut my run short, and I felt like I was just getting started. I’m mad that this means I probably can’t work out for the next few days, and I’d really been enjoying my workouts. I’m mad that all these scrapes will probably continue to sting and keep me from sleeping well at night.
And on that last note – my elbow was really the worst of all of my injuries. We’re talking several square inches of skin missing. (I’d post a picture, but… no. I don’t need to gross y’all out.) And of course, we don’t have any large gauze bandages and medical tape in the house, because, OF COURSE WE DON’T. Our first aid kid is pretty much limited to a tube of Neosporin and some Hello Kitty band-aids. I knew that when I went to bed, my elbow was going to wake me up every time I moved and it brushed against the sheets.
So, since necessity is the mother of invention, I stuck my arm through one of Catie’s Pull-Ups and used it as a makeshift elbow bandage. It totally worked too! Except when Catie saw me this morning, she got all upset and said, “HEY! That’s mine!!” Well, sorry kid, it’s mine now.
Let’s sum up:
* Knee, wrist, stomach: mild scrapes, should recover quickly.
* Elbow: bad scrape, will take some time to get back to 100%.
* Pride, dignity: damaged beyond repair.
* Gracefulness: never had it in the first damn place.
this whole thing pained me to read. seriously. sounds so painful and yuck. i know how you feel though..about being disappointed that you’re finally in a good routine and it got messed up. here’s to hoping you heal fast.
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that sucks in so many ways.
The worst is that you had to walk home after. Good for you for starting the routine though. The pull up idea was brilliant. Good thinking.
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Hope you heal quick!!! So proud of you for sticking to your work outs!!! Maybe one day I’ll be as motivated and in to it as you!
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I laughed aloud at the image of you using a Pull-Up as a bandage. I really, really like it. You are officially a mommy superhero. The masked, caped superhero runs onto the scene and whips out a diaper to save an injured woman (OK, so it’s yourself, but it still totally counts).
Remind me to introduce you to Tegaderm (and the right way to use it)– it’s the best thing to prevent scarring if you’ve got road rash.
This made me laugh so hard. And before you go thinking that I am a heartless bitch, you should know that I have pink eye in BOTH of my eyes, which makes my vision smeary, and led to me falling down TWICE today. Once over my 5 year old and once in the parking lot of the college I attend. Humiliating. But so nice to know that I’m not alone in the “adults that fall down” club. Hope you heal up soon!
Also – Yay for Couch to 5K! I am on Week 2!
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Even though you busted yourself up, you inspired me to get the Couch 2 5K app.
Now, let’s see if I a) do it, and b) don’t bust my ass.