Ouch – THAT Hurts
Wowza. Who ever thought “training” could be so painful.
Just yesterday, I decided to take a little run (it’s been a little while) and get myself into better shape. So, why not take off on a 6 miler just for the fun of it?
So off I went after making a brief “ops check” for equipment.
Sunglasses – ✔, iPod – ✔, Water – ✔, MapMyRun APP running – ✔, Route – ✔
After starting off, I ran into a little road construction along the route. Decisions, Decisions…but I decided to keep on my original path through the little construction zone. This was the WRONG thing to do.
As I sidestepped a piece of lumber, I came crashing to the ground when my left ankle gave way! I fell like a sack of potatoes with my right knee taking the brunt of the blow. But I quickly, as quick as you can from a daze, picked myself up.
I then gave the ankle a look…it looked okay, but it felt broken! I’d had my ankle give way like this in the past, but this felt different…more PAIN!
Then it knew I needed to survey my knee — it was BLOODY! I’d taken a lot of gravel into the skin and was bleeding a good little bit. At about 1 1/2 miles from home, I figured I just needed to make it back home and get cleaned up.
However, that was a little more difficult than I thought. It was a hilly 1.5 miles home and I didn’t have anyone to call…you see my wife was out for her morning bike ride while I was off on a run.
As I finally stumbled into the yard dragging my pride behind me, I asked my wife for some peroxide and a bandage. Her only response was “What did you do now!”
Yes, I’d done it AGAIN…hurt an tired old body! But I better get used to it…life on the trail will have it’s own scrapes, bruises and pain!
So I did the RICE and will have to see if I’ve done any real damage in a few days.
For you AT2017 hikers, don’t forget to take it easy in the prep work for the Thru Hike. You’ll need those legs and feet for 5 million more steps once on trail.
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