Wednesday morning, I had a plan to run 10 miles. I wanted to get one more longish run in before a small taper for next weekend’s half marathon. I headed out a bit later than I meant to and it was warmer out than I thought, so the run started getting rough around 4 miles. So, I decided to try Galloway, just to get the miles in. I aimed for 3 minutes running and 30 seconds walking. I’d just finished the first walk break and was running along again when BAM! Suddenly I was on the ground.
I’m not sure what I tripped on, but it happened so fast I didn’t even have time to react and slammed chin first into the ground.
I wouldn’t recommend it.
Did you know you a chin blow can knock you out? Yeah. I was lucky and was only momentarily stunned, but when I stood up, I realized I was covered in blood. And I was a half mile from home.
Do you have any idea how much a chin can bleed? A lot. Really, a whole lot. I had to take off my shirt to hold on my chin. I’m sure I was quite a sight as I walked down the road in my running bra and skirt, dripping blood. By the time I got home, I was pretty well covered in blood.
I spent the next few hours feeling kind of loopy, while I attempted to get my chin to actually stop bleeding. (Note: Chins like to bleed. They don’t like to stop. It’s apparently one of the most frequently stitched body parts. I got several suggestions by friends that perhaps I should look into those. I didn’t.)
Long story short, I’m fine. My jaw is sore and eating is a little uncomfortable, but no major damage was done.
In fact, amazingly all I have is a small scab on my chin…
And a wickedly colorful bruise on a body part that doesn’t see the light of day. Ahem.
Make me feel less klutzy. Tell me about YOUR running accidents.
(And if you want to read some actual tips for fitting in your work outs, I’m guest posting over at MizFit today. I admit I did a little “squee!” when I saw it.)