I've run (or I should say raced) many marathons. At least 10 I think. People have asked me later about some fact or other about the course or the scenery,...
I guess it was only a matter of time in this freeze/thaw/icy weather while running in the dark. It wasn’t that bad, but of course it happened as soon as I’d taken off my gloves because my hands were too hot (I know… What???) And it was probably karma as I was cutting the corner of my very honest 9 mile route by running through The Beer Store parking lot (hmmm… wonder if there’s anything I can get from them here… KIDDING!) Anyway, as I said, it wasn’t too bad, but of course it bruised my ego and shook me a bit. You fall hard as an adult! One year-olds make it look so easy. I stopped my watch (of course!) did a body check and figured I was fine to go on. Which I was. Here was the biggest damage – asphalt stuck in my palm.
I’ll admit – not very dramatic. So I’ll tell you that one time I broke my arm while running. On a beautiful spring day in full daylight. My feet got trapped in a newspaper tie.
All this to say, a fall is likely to happen at some point in your life as a runner, and in this weather especially. When it does, make sure you’re really not injured before resuming your run. Otherwise, you’ll have to find an alternative way home (I hopped on a streetcar when I broke my arm and the kind driver let me ride free in my bloody state). In most likelihood your pride will end up more injured than anything else.
As a reminder that it happens to some of the best runners and that you can still carry on after a fall, check out this clip. One of my favourite racing videos which gives me goosebumps every time I watch it.
That’s all for now – stay safe and carry on!