A Fall 5, Fall, and My First Pumpkin

Happy Sunday all 🙂

Hope you all have had a great weekend.  Mine has been full of taking care of the sick hubby and relaxing myself.  But I’m not complaining because the boy will be gone for most of the next 3.5 weeks, so I’ll take whatever time I can with him :).

Since I only got a 10k in yesterday, I had plans on the books to run again this morning, in hopes to replicate a bit of a long run, running 3 days in a row, while not pushing my still healing body beyond it’s limits.

Workout for the Morning: A Fall 5 miles

The theme of this mornings run was definitely Fall.

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The leaves and trees have fully turned, the weather is crisp, and quite frankly it’s perfect for short runs like today’s.

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Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t the only thing “Fall like”

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The sight of my fall. Right after mile 2 of the run, and of course the middle of a hill.

I was cruisin’ along this morning, feeling good, climbing 16th street, when I took a pretty good tumble.  I was in shock for a second, and waved off a few nice people who wanted to help, assuring them I was OK.  Then did a whole body review.

Unfortunately, my ankle hurt pretty bad, and I knew it had twisted pretty badly.  I don’t want to say I twisted it or sprained it (because my race is in less than 2 weeks), it just twisted itself a bit.  I sat for about 5 minutes, waiting for the pain to subside and deciding whether or not I should continue.

My brain knew I should call it a day and go home and ice — but I’m dumb and continued on.  My ankle felt OK, and I finished the 5 very hilly miles with out TOO much pain.

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Unfortunately — the pain hit when I stopped running (duhh).   I’m trying not to psych myself up, I’m going to ice it for the afternoon and lay off it the next couple of days.  Thank goodness I’m tapering and my schedule is light anyway.

Honestly, I don’t think it’s anything too serious.  I don’t think I would have been able to finish the run. It’s more no runner wants to be in pain this close to a race, ha.

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My First Pumpkin of the Season

To continue the Fall theme…I got  my first pumpkin late today the coffee shop near our apartment.

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Thank goodness they didn’t mind I was just coming off my run and still quite smelly :).

And now, it’s time to shower up, finish baking (RECIPE LATER!), ice my ankle and enjoy my latte 🙂

Question of the Morning:  When was the last time you fell on a run?

Unfortunately for me, it happens all the time.

24 thoughts on “A Fall 5, Fall, and My First Pumpkin

  1. Ugh that’s the worst 😦 I would still give it another day at least. I usually hurt myself lifting or just running my ankles and knees sometimes are moody and hurt. Luckily, I haven’t fallen in a long time…and now that I’ve said that, I’ll probably fall tomorrow 😛

  2. Oh no that sucks!! One of my fears is falling while running!! Remember the first aid acronym for injuries R.I.C.E. – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. So stay off of it, Ice it (you’re doing that already), wrap it in an Ace wrap, and put it up on a pillow or your coffee table, anything but hanging it down. Hope it gets better fast!

  3. Oh no, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that your ankle feels better soon. I don’t often fall on my runs but I almost always manage to get in a good stumble 😉

  4. I have a friend who swears by arnica montana ( a herbal supplement) that can be picked up from any GNC-like place. It’s supposed to be for swelling and muscle soreness.

    Also, there’s a lot to be said for R.I.C.E. and careful flex-ation of the joint (to maintain flexibility).

    I’ve rolled my ankle pretty badly on training runs before. Once, I stepped on a squirrel (not my fault, officer, the animal just jumped out in front of me) and, more commonly, I’ve stepped on the edge of the sidewalk – and most of my foot was off it. Anti-inflamatories and icing will do wonders and you’ll be ready quickly. Wrap it good with ace bandage if you want to run immediately on it, but I think the smart move is to stay off for at least a day. (I’ve always run on it. Compression Will help).

    Good luck with it, and don’t let it stress you about your race. Find your peace with the whole situation and you’ll see that on race day, things will go better than expected, ankle pain or not.

    – Cheers!

  5. I was just thinking the other day about blogging about a particularly nasty fall I had during a half marathon. Glad to know I’m not alone and that falling while running happens to others. 🙂 HA. I am glad you’re ok though; and do take it easy.

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