Hard. Like really hard. Ugh.
It happened yesterday morning during my long run. I was in a great groove. I was trucking it along at a 8:45/mile pace and feeling great. I had taken a Gu at 7 miles in and was feeling extra energized! And then it happened. Right at 12 miles.
I saw a huge (I’m talking small volleyball size) rock on the sidewalk. I was running downhill slightly and had lots of power going, so I just leapt over it. But my stride was obviously not as long as I thought it was, and the tip of my shoe caught the top of the massive rock. And down I went. But not just down. I went flying forward and down onto the dirt-covered sidewalk.
I landed on my belly and chest. I had too much momentum going to catch myself. I immediately got myself up, paused the running app on my phone, and started balling. Like a small child. Hysterically crying. Ugh.
My phone had survived the fall. My water bottle survived. And my face survived (luckily!). But I was not okay. I was covered in dirt and mud from my chest all the way down to my shoes. My new sunglasses in my front pocket were smashed (a Christmas gift), and my knee was bleeding. I ran the mile back home (still crying like a crazy person, ha!) to clean myself up.
My knee was just scrapped up enough to bloody my running tights. So I bandaged it up, put on clean clothes, and went back out to finish my miles. I was so upset and not finishing my miles would only make things worse.
I ran slower and extra cautiously, but I finished 18 miles overall and was feeling back to my normal ‘running-lovin’ self when I made it home again. It also helped that my latest Lululemon purchase was waiting on my doorstep. 🙂
My pink compression socks! I tried these babies on immediately. And I must say, I like them!
They aren’t super compressive, but I think they would be great to wear during a race. My compression sleeves are a little too tight to wear during a long race, but these socks offer just the right amount of support.
Post run, I had half a bagel with peanut butter and jelly.
I recently read that PB & J sandwiches are the perfect post long run snack, and it really did the job. I’m usually pretty lethargic for hours after a long run, but I felt good yesterday.
I was feeling pretty pitiful about taking my first big tumble the week before my half marathon, but I decided to focus on the positive. I didn’t really hurt myself. I didn’t break a bone or hurt my face. My new iPhone survived. And I still finished my last long run effort before my race. So, all in all, it’s all okay. 🙂 Although my neighbors all probably think I’m insane. Running through the neighborhood at 8 a.m. while crying hysterically probably doesn’t make me look too sane. Ha!
Anywho, I hope you’ve had a great weekend! Other than my little incident, I’ve had a nice and productive weekend. I went grocery shopping today and stocked up on healthy carbs for the end of the week! Woot for carbo loading!
Have a great evening and I’ll see you guys tomorrow! Sleep tight!