I had quite the run last night. It was group run night so I had to jet over to Foot Rx by 5:30. I wasted time getting ready so I was running late. Then, I blamed being late on every single car/truck/van I got behind on my way there. I was livid when I arrived. I may be a quiet girl but I can get mad road rage.
I pulled up as everyone was outside getting ready to run. I ran up to meet them, still aggravated about the traffic. I had planned on trying to run a pretty decent pace considering last week but not knowing if I could because my knee had been giving me the trouble it had this week. When I took off my knee felt fine. I thought I am going to run this out! Then…less than a quarter of a mile into it, I fell. I don’t mean I tripped and kept on going. I FELL, as in near face plant, in the road no less. It was painful, embarrassing, stunning, and humbling. Someone helped me up as soon as I fell so I wasn’t there long but I have some pretty gnarly road rash in my shoulder and knee to show for it. Plenty of friends stopped to ask if I was ok and check on me. Heck, some even came back from in front of me. This kindness is why I love my running group and brings tears to my eyes when I think about it. If you need some running friends come to FootRx on Thursdays at 5:30, you will find some 🙂 I will admit it was so tempting to go back to the store and not run the 5 mile loop. I had just begun and knew I was going to hurt. BUT, I wanted to run. I had come to run and knew that if I didn’t I would feel worse than if I did. I caught my breath from the fall and ran on. I didn’t run slow either. I kept up my pace. I didn’t want anyone to pity me but it also felt great to be able to run knowing that I could have really hurt myself. Running is where I clear my head.
In the moment that I fell and was laying on the road, God humbled me. I didn’t need to be griping about the traffic, especially when I could have left earlier. I know what is important in life but sometimes I lose my focus. As funny as it sounds, I’m glad I fell. I needed that.
I finished the 5 mile run at an 8:52 pace which is pretty good for me considering my knee and the fall that happened. I am planning on running a 10k tomorrow. Hopefully, I will get a new PR! We shall see!