I woke up at 4:00 am this morning but I didn’t get out of bed until 4:30. I debated with myself if it’s worth the effort to get up and run a few miles this morning, especially since it was 29°F outside with a wind chill of 22°F. At least that is what the TV weather man was saying.
I skipped Thursday morning because my left ankle was swollen and hurting. I really didn’t want to skip another morning. So, at 4:30, the better half of my brain said “get up and run” and so I got up and ran.
And it was cold. I wore my running tights and heavy running shirt and hat and gloves. My first mile was a comfortable pace of 9:55. I was starting to warm up as I started my second mile when I slipped in loose gravel and fell twisting my left ankle and falling on my right knee. Oh my, instant pain in my left ankle and right knee. I laid on the cold pavement for a moment or two trying to get up, wondering if anyone was having a good laugh at my mishap. I was laughing at myself as it was a struggle to get up. At least it was totally dark outside. Hopefully, no one saw me.
Thirteen years ago I was hiking in Colorado (on the Hanging Lake Trail in the Glenwood Canyon) and I slipped on some loose gravel and broke my left leg and dislocated the ankle in one swift move. I still have the screws in the leg and ankle!
As I laid on the pavement, I thought of that experience, wondering if this incident was going to replay the surgery and rehab of the hiking experience.
I finally got up and tried to walk off the pain. Thankfully, nothing was broken and I could place my weight on my left ankle. My right knee was hurting but it wasn’t broken. I walked for a few minutes debating if I should quit and walk back home or continue running. I decided to take a few strides and see if I could run. And, thankfully, I could and so I continued the run.
I ran another three miles. My total time was 43:11 with an average of 10:25. The second mile, the mile where I fell down, was timed at 11:43.
Back at home, I discovered that my right knee has a 3 inch cut and it was bleeding. Thankfully, it’s nothing serious. I can run again.
I hope everyone stays safe today and enjoys their own run (without tripping or falling like I did). Cheers!