Falling Down!

5 Apr

It was bound to happen.  I’ve been running for over 10 years now without an injury (if you don’t count a sesamoid stress fracture), but on Tuesday night my luck “ran” out. 

My husband and I went for (what was supposed to be) a quick run through Clarendon.  Right before the two mile mark I hit a curb wrong (I may or may not have been attempting parkour) and went down.  Hard.  In front of several dozen people.  In my mind, I felt like I did at least one complete flip…though there’s no way I looked that cool falling and Mike swears I wasn’t going fast enough.  Regardless, I came up with:

  •  Two badly bruised and skinned knees
  • A banged-up elbow
  • A large bruise and abrasion on my hip
  • A completely skinned and gravel-filled hand

Miraculously, no broken bones or sprained joints…so I still think I came out ahead.  I ended up walking the rest of the way home.

My kids had fun playing doctor and I felt a ton better after getting cleaned up.  I’m super sore and bruised, but my attempt at a power walk/jog this evening went well…so I’m still gearing up for the GW Parkway 10 Miler.

I also want to add a quick bit of praise for our amazing Office of Attending Physician nurses, too.  These incredible folks provide medical care to hundreds of tourists visiting the Capitol Complex each year.  At work today I hobbled into the first aid station for an extra band-aid and the nurses bandaged me up like a pro volleyball player.  Awesome!


7 Responses to “Falling Down!”

  1. Kate April 6, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    Oh no Kate, that looks painful! I am glad you are okay!

  2. Bill Schweigart April 8, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Seeing as how those knees got infected, I would sue your children for malpractice….

    • katefsummers April 11, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

      Their little pockets aren’t deep enough!

  3. Coco April 9, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    I did the same thing before – went right off a curb flat on my face, and banged up me knee. At least with a wound you easily can tell when your knee is better — no second-guessing like with a sprain.

    • katefsummers April 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

      Exactly right! I took a week off, just to be sure. Ran last night and felt good. Looking forward to the GW 10 miler!


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