I have been running for about 20 years. While I’m sure I’ve tripped before, I simply don’t recall a serious tumble. Well, it happened on Saturday morning’s run. Near the end of my seven miles semi-long run, I was approaching a group running the opposite direction. I politely got over to the far right side of the sidewalk and proceed to trip on some unknown object. While I tried to save it, there became little doubt that I was going down. With this knowledge, I lunged to my right off the sidewalk and sort of side rolled onto and over my right shoulder into some bushes and a wood fence.
After thanking them for their concern, I took off toward home. I was doing an inventory and realized I wasn’t seriously injured. Looking down, I could see I was covered in dirt and blood trickled from my knee and ankle. I was clearly running with a limp, but I wanted to get far away fast. Soon I noticed that one of my water bottles had fallen out of its’ holder when I went down. Great...so now what? Well, I turned around and ran back through another group of runners to the scene and retrieved the bottle from the bushes.
I cleaned up after I got home. Things didn’t look bad and I’d just be a bit sore for a few days. The most lingering pain is in my bruised shoulder.
Make no mistake, the whole thing was actually quite funny. I wish I had a video of it to post. I mean, I must have looked totally helpless flailing though the air. It seemed like slow motion. It felt like slow motion.
When I told my wife, she simply laughed. I then pointed out my injuries and she gave me some fake sympathy while holding back giggles. “What a sight you must have been.” Surely my daughter, a notorious wimp, would show some concern. Nope, she laughed and asked me if I was embarrassed for falling in front of a crowd near a busy street.
Well, the reality is that is was funny since I was not injured. It was embarrassing as I know I’ll run across these folks next weekend. Yet, I’m reminded that it is important to laugh at ourselves as often as possible. Why take yourself so seriously? Have fun. Laugh a little. Just watch out for the bushes.
Run in Peace, Rest in Grace