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Runner Down

by Meghann on April 4, 2012

*Warning* This post includes a photo of a bloody knee. Skim photos at your own risk. ;)

It’s never a good sign when your morning run ends with this.

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Yep. I had a big fall. Bloody knee and all.

The run started out great. I had 8 miles on deck at sub-goal pace (my goal pace for Flying Pig is 8:55 min/mi), but was naturally hovering around an 8:30 min/mi pace. I saw another runner running with their JRT (who looked like Maddie’s twin!), stopped for water at my favorite water fountain, and was just mentally counting down the miles until I was home.

Right before my Garmin beeped for mile 7 my foot hit the edge of the sidewalk, I lost my balance, and I went tumbling to the ground. Well, it wasn’t really a tumble – more of a loud thud as my knee and hands smacked the ground at virtually the same time. Ouch.

The pain in my left knee and hands came instantly, as did the blood. I knew I had hit it petty good and I couldn’t stop the tears from flowing. I’m such a cry baby when it comes to scrapes and bruises from falling. It’s as if the fall was my excuse to let every piece of emotion thad had been building up inside me for so long explode. I sat on the sidewalk for a good 5 minutes having my own little pity party.

Deep down I was hoping someone would stop their car and offer me a ride home, but no such luck. I was a little more than a mile from my house, with a bloody knee that was throbbing and broken down in tears. I got up, brushed the dirt off, and started limping home. I made it a couple of block before I realized this would be a faster process if I just ran, so I did.

The pain actually subsided when I started running, but I could still feel the blood trickling down my leg. I focused on the drivers’ faces as they drove pass me and watched as a good majority of them zeroed in on the bloody mess that was my knee. I must have looked like a hot mess – covered in gravel, tear streaked face, and a bloody knee with a stream of blood that had almost found its way to my sock line. Classy.

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I refused to look at my knee until I got home. There really wouldn’t have been a point to. I knew there was blood and I knew there was nothing I could do about it until I made it to my front door.

Once home, I went straight to the medicine cabinet (after stopping to take a bloody photo, of course)

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5 minutes later I was good as new.

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Sort of. The knee is cleaned up, but it’s still throbbing. I currently have a pillow under it on the couch with a bag of ice on top. It was a pretty good smack, so I’m going to try and keep off of it as much as possible today and see how it feels tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed that it was just a scrape and nothing else. :/

Post-fall recovery breakfast.

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Smoothie mix:

  • frozen cherries
  • ice
  • milk
  • greek yogurt
  • peanut butter
  • chocolate whey protein powder
  • spinach

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The chocolate cherry smoothie tasted like a milkshake. :)

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And a chocolate VitaTop with peanut butter and walnuts because chocolate makes everything better, right?

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This wasn’t my first bad fall during a run (I once scraped my knee at mile 1 of a 20 mile run) and it probably won’t be my last. I’m a klutz and these falls just come with the territory.

Klutzy runners unite!

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1 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 4, 2012 at 10:27 am

Aw sorry to hear about your fall Meghan! You know you’re a blogger when you stop to take a photo of an injury before you wipe the blood off… lol! ;) Hope it’s not too painful!
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2 Mary @ food and fun on the run April 4, 2012 at 10:31 am

I have fallen more times than I can count. Its been a little while since my last crash (knock on wood), but I used to fall about once every 3 months. It was ridiculous! I would just not be paying attention and then bust my butt. Happens to just about everyone!
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3 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 4, 2012 at 10:32 am

owww! I totally feel you on crying when you get hurt, I do the same thing! Sometimes it’s a nice way to get in a good cry. And what a good recovery breakfast! Chocolate makes everything better.
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4 Krissy @ Shiawase Life April 4, 2012 at 10:43 am

Hope you feel better, girl. I had a big fall in February and my knees still look like hell…wah…I guess it all comes with the territory!!
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5 Lauren April 4, 2012 at 10:45 am

Sorry about your fall, scraped knees can be super painful with the impact. Feel better! I fell finishing an 8 miler a few months ago and of course had to take a war wound pic ;) http://ultralaurenruns.blogspot.com/2012/02/day-5-1001am.html?m=1
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6 Heather April 4, 2012 at 10:54 am

Ouch! Hope your knee feels better soon! I have fallen a few miles into a trail run and it was not fun limping back.
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7 Cait's Plate April 4, 2012 at 10:57 am

I’m the same way…I’ve had so many falls over my years of running!! I’m just a klutz through and through – glad you’re okay!
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8 Becca April 4, 2012 at 10:58 am

Oh no! Sorry about your knee. Hopefully it heals up nice and quickly! I also understand about the crying.. I cry all the time :)
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9 Katie April 4, 2012 at 10:59 am

I feel your pain! A few weeks ago I rolled my ankle on mile 5 of 6, and it was a painful walk home, and I also had quite a few tears. Klutzy crying runner unite!
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10 Lena @Fit on the Rocks April 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

Hopefully it doesn’t hurt for long! I’m the BIGGEST klutz out there, so I’m “glad” that you at least literally tripped on something. I work downtown, so it’s fairly busy. One day, I was just walking along a perfectly smooth sidewalk and fell straight forward onto both knees (like someone had shoved me from behind, which wasn’t the case). I literally had a bunch of people rush over to see if I was okay because they couldn’t figure out why I fell. Hell, I don’t know why I fell…story of my life.
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11 Caitlin @ This Bride's Joyride April 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

Ugh, I’m sorry, those types of falls are the worst :(

I swear, for some reason whenever I fall I always hit the ground with my palms and knees at the same time. The next few days are usually pretty achey and sore from being bruised and scraped. Hopefully you can take it easy for a few days!
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12 Lori April 4, 2012 at 11:05 am

Blech…I’ve been there more times than I can count :( And of course, its always at least a mile from home/car and though I get the sideeye from my husband every time I do this it really IS easier/faster to just run. Good call on the ice pack, it helped me a ton after my last fall. Feel better soon!
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13 RunEatRepeat April 4, 2012 at 11:42 am

I have had the worst, most dramatic falls on a few of my runs. Tumbling, dirty, bloody, loud – it’s quite the scene :(
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14 Karen @ Run Shop Travel April 4, 2012 at 11:43 am

Yikes that looks pretty bad!

I fell right at the start of a 5 mile race once; even wearing capris my knee got scraped up but I refused to look until I finished!

Hope it feels better soon; congrats on hanging in there to finish off your run!
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15 Laura is Undeterrable April 4, 2012 at 11:54 am

I’ve had 2 falls while running – luckily both times I broke my fall with my hand-held. That poor thing is getting pretty beat up.
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16 Racheal @ Running with Racheal April 4, 2012 at 11:54 am

Oh my, you poor thing! I am glad that you made it home safely!

I fell exactly like that one day, except I scraped both knees and both elbows. I had a job interview that day and I had to hurry to get back home and into my suit. By the end of the interview my wounds had leaked through my suit! So gross! :)

I think I cried too – but mostly because it took the wind out of me and scared me so much! :)
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17 Michelle April 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Oh man. I had my first running fall (going uphill on Winter Park brick!) a few weeks ago and it was NOT fun. It was like falling in slow motion. Thankfully it was just severally bruised – but it’s still not pretty. I didn’t realize it was bleeding (it was dark) until I finished (I had about 2 miles to go). I managed not to cry – only because there were 3 other people with me. Thank goodness for them – they kept my mind off the pain (and shared their horrible, but funny falling stories as well!).

Hope it heals quickly — ice and ibuprofen are your friends!
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18 Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission April 4, 2012 at 12:05 pm

good as new***
And that sucks! One time I got hit by a bike and locked my jaw… he just rode away while I had to blade my bloody self home.
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19 Meghann April 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Thank you! I missed that when I went back to edit, it’s fixed now! :)

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20 Beka April 4, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Ouchy!!!
I dread the day that this is going to happen. I know it will and I know I will sit on the sidewalk, cry, and hope someone wants to take me home in a car.
Hope it feels better quickly!

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21 Christa April 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I used to take my dog on runs with me…that privelege has definitely been lost for him. He darted in front of me to sniff something on the other side and I couldnt slow down my momentum fast enough to keep from tripping over him. I totally ate it on the sidewalk of a busy street about a half mile from my house. My face actually hit the pavement and I was terrified that I had lost some teeth! I had gravel in my lip and it swelled out to 3 times it’s normal size. Plus the scrap on my right hand and knee were so far down the doctors gave me burn cream to help them heal. I still have a small bump on my bottom lip almost 2 years later!

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22 Erica April 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Been there, done that. And it was so painful and embarassing. I did exactly what you did though, I pity partied my little heart out for a few minutes then proceeded to run home…only because it would get me there faster. Bless your heart, hope you are able to rest it today and be all better by morning:-)
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23 Lisa in IL April 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I would have stopped & picked you up! Might want to pop some ibuprofen to keep the swelling down.

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24 Lindsey April 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Omg your knee looks awful! This post had me a laughing a bit- I would totally break down and cry too! One time I was running in Ft. Lauderdale and fell smack on my face. I scraped up everything and broke my nose! A really nice couple stopped to help me because they thought I had been hit by a car! Hope you are feeling better by tomorrow : )

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25 Anna-Marie @ Beauty and the Beets April 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I am sorry for your fall- but I just can’t help but laugh at the picture of your knee bandaged up with Maddie in the background- she looks like she is saying “WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?????” – so cute…..

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26 Carissa April 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Yuck! I’m sorry you took a spill. That stinks! I’m glad you weren’t farther from home and are able to rest and recover now! I hope you feel better soon!
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27 Serena April 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Ouch why is a skinned knee so much more tramatic as an adult than it was a kid.
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28 Emily N April 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I fell on my 5 miler this morning as well, so DEFINITELY you are not alone. You’re not even alone TODAY! I tripped over a sidewalk crack. It was dark and I wasn’t looking.
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29 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City April 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Ouch! I hope your leg feels better tomorrow.

I was tripped during the Chicago marathon last year and scraped my knees pretty badly. They weren’t in too much pain besides the cuts so I made the decision not to look down and finish the race. In all of my pictures you can see the blood on my knee and calf, really cute.
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30 Kristen @ notsodomesticated April 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Ouch, this is such a fear of mine!!! I am definitely a klutz … I’ve tripped on the stairs leading up to our hotel room twice in the last week. Fortunately, I haven’t had any falls while running yet. Sorry to see what you had to go through! Good thing you’re such a tough, runner chick! ;)
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31 Heather April 4, 2012 at 1:49 pm

oh no I am so sorry! luckily I have been pretty fortunate (knock on wood) and haven’t had any major running spills. Get well soon!
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32 Britton April 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Ouch! I know that had to hurt! I remember my first fall while running. I was with two friends and it was early am and dark. We were on a sidewalk and my foot caught an ueven portion and down I went! It was not fun! You will recover quickly only to laugh and joke about it later on! Hope the knee heals fast!!! (Oh, and I am a fairly new follower and fellow runner! Love your blog!!!

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33 Lynda @ Hit The Road Jane April 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm

ouch that sucks!! I hope it’ll heal really soon!!
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34 Madeline @ Food, Fitness, Family April 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Falling is the worst!! I haven’t fallen while running (yet) but I ate it doing box jumps in my gym. In front of everyone. Fun times. I am a total klutz and run into walls so I am sure a fall while running is inevitable. I hope your knee feels better soon!
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35 Erin April 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Would you really have gotten into a car with a stranger that offered to drive you home? That’s probably not a good solution to consider…

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36 Meghann April 4, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I probably wouldn’t have, but I would have used the stranger’s cell to call Derek and let him know what happened. Also, at the time, I was in such a ‘pity party’ mode that I wasn’t thinking straight.

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37 Megan @ RunningAimlessly.com April 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I’ve fallen during my first 3 trail races, it was like a bad habit I couldn’t shake! Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who cries. It’s more of a shock than it is painful. Last race I scraped up my leg pretty badly during mile 6 (of 31) and the entire race I was waiting for people to be like, “awww, are you ok?” but no one did! I’m such a baby :P
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38 Annie April 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Is it bad that I’m relieved that I’m not the only one who falls when running! LOL

(In all seriousness, I’m glad you didn’t break, sprain or twist anything.)

I fell hard last week during a regular routine run at mile 3. The best part? I landed on the exact. same. areas. I injured from a lovely bike accident a couple of weeks before that. (Klutz club, I has a VIP membership!) I laid there in the dark on the sidewalk (this was like 5 am – ish) stunned and in desperate pain. I was about to call my fiance to pick me up – but mainly so he could kiss my booboos, haha! Finally, I got so incredibly mad at myself that I got up and busted the last 3 miles fast and super angry. When I got home, I definitely made sure the waterworks were turned on at full blast to solicit hugs, cuddles and sympathy. LOL

Btw, I positive the drivers thought you were a super bada$$ for running bloody. That is actually very cool, badge of honor you know!

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39 Kari April 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Gosh that feeling that you’re going down hard is so scary! Hope it gets better quick.
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40 Robin April 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I tripped at mile 23 of the Disney Marathon last year and banged up my knee pretty badly. I refused to look at my knee because it hurt so bad. I knew I was on pace for my first BQ so I just kept running with tears in my eyes hoping that I could make it those last 3 miles. I crossed the finish line with a BQ and bleeding. I started crying even harder and people thought I was hurt but I was just so happy to have finally run that hard. Take care of that knee, the internal bruising is the worst part.
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41 Laura @ Backstage Balance April 4, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Sorry to hear about your fall! I can’t believe that nobody stopped to help you. I would totally stop to help someone who was BLEEDING (jeez!).
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42 Sara@RunningInPinkProject April 4, 2012 at 6:59 pm

That sucks!! Im glad you are ok. The last time I took a tumble while running was at the Princess 1/2 in 2010. I stepped in a weird spot in between the paved and grassy area and dropped like a ton of bricks. My ankle started swelling right away and I had to leave in a van. It was horrible. Glad you are ok!
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43 Stacey D April 4, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Dude!! I am the same way! SO clumsy! I am surprised I haven’t fallen more since I started training for my half. I used to do more trail running than I did running on pavement, and I would get tired and trip over tiny rocks and fall flat on my face! I still have scars on both knees from biting it on trail runs. I think I cried one time because it was during mile 1, and I had to turn around and go home to fix myself. I can SO relate!

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44 Hillary April 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm

I took a nasty fall a few months ago—about a block away from my boyfriend’s apartment. I came back in less than ten minutes after I left, and when he saw me bleeding (from my legs, waist, arms, and hands), he couldn’t believe it. I could—this is so classic in my life.
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45 Michele April 4, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Nut butter encrusted sweet potato fries= AMAZING!
Thanks for the recipe :)
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46 Army Amy* April 4, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Yikes! Sounds like a rough way to end an otherwise good run. Is it weird that I think running while bleeding makes you sound badass?

I’ve yet to fall while running, but I did end up with blood all over my leg on a run. I was running with my dog, and we came across a Civil War Re-enactment (I kid you not)! My dog got scared, ended up cutting his mouth on his leash becuase he was freaking out, and getting blood on me. I had a mile and a half left before getting home, and we walked it painstakingly slowly. I cannot make this stuff up.*
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47 Steph @ 321delish April 4, 2012 at 10:32 pm

OUCH! You’re a trooper!

Side note: Bill introduced me to Dandelions and I LOVE IT! Great coffee shop in O-town!!

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48 Stacey @starpulp April 4, 2012 at 10:59 pm

I’m sorry to hear you fell (again)! The way you described running back while watching the drivers faces had me laughing out loud. Hilarious.
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49 Autumn April 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm

I second what everyone else has said…so sorry about your kneel! Sometimes having a good little cry and pity party is the best way to deal with those sorts of things. But you still got back up, and even ran home…impressive! You’re my hero. Hoping your leg has a speedy recovery.

PS – I almost made a joke about “Autumn” being sorry about your fall… teeheehee.
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50 Theresa September 26, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Was searching for some forum or blog on other runners who have fallen!! yeah!!! So sorry you did….but so happy I am not alone! I was running last evening when I saw a man walking his dog up ahead on an extendable leash…the dog was rummaging around in the grass to the right so I figured running on the left of the man would be safe! NOPE! Soon as I passed the man I found myself THUD on the sidewalk….both wrists and both knees planted hard ;( He was really strange about what happened and then he kept saying are you ok are you ok…I was like…just leave….just go….then I got up stumbled and changed my route directly home….then the tears started to flow! I am less than 4 weeks from my first half marathon….today I am a bit achey on the left knee only and a major burn mark….ugh!!!! Why is falling in slow motion…and like a previous poster mentioned…why so much more traumatic as an adult! LOL ugh

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51 Katie November 15, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Just stumbled upon this blog! Girl, I feel your pain! I biffed yesterday am! Dark and cold! Kept running. Sore and swollen knee today! Sigh. Joys of being a dedicated runner!

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