Set myself the goal of running 14km this morning and got out the door bright and early and full of enthusiasm. After an initial problem with a gremlin sabotaging my playlist, by the end of my 5 minute walk I had got it sorted and was off.
I was quite excited to try a new branch to a previous route, and ran steadily to get to the guided busway.
I usually run along it with my running buddy 🏃🏿♂️,and always been tempted by the Blows Downs Running alongside. He won’t do hills, so we stay on the pathway. But today, being alone, I was soon running across the meadow, through the gate, and up a rocky pathway towards the top.
And then the sun came out... ☀️I know this wouldn’t cause most people a problem, but my vestibular problems, means sudden changes in lighting cause room spinning dizziness. This combined with a rogue tree stump embedded in the path (those gremlins were out to get me) caused me not just to stumble but to take a full blown fall onto the ground. Attempting to break my fall with my right hand, I hit the deck, then bounced into a softer landing.
Unfortunately the soft landing was a dense bush of nettles.
I was completely winded, unable to breath, lying in the nettles with my hand starting to throb. It took me a while to get my breath back, and eventually got myself off the ground. I was 7km from home and over a km from the nearest road. The skin on my arm and legs was starting to swell with the nettle stings, so it was a rather tearful Razouski who left an incomprehensible message on hubby’s voicemail. Thankfully he was still at home, phoned me back and soon setoff with the car to try and find me.
I managed to drag my sorry self down the path and back to the road to await my knight in shining armour.
At home he helped me into the shower and was so concerned by the expanse of the stinging Googled a home made remedy which involved painting me with a solution of bicarbonate of soda. It worked wonders on the swelling, made no difference to the pain and looked ridiculously white against my mixed race skin tone!!!
And then I realised that the base of my thumb was painful and about twice it’s normal size - moving it was, not great.
So to cut a long story short - 2 hours in A&E, x-rays, probable fracture, hand/thumb splinted, skin feels like it’s burning and I’m still feeling sorry for myself. Mostly because the doctor questioned if running was a suitable pastime for someone with my dizziness and balance problems. And I know my running buddy will enjoy an “I told you so “ moment when he finds out.
Who said running is good for you? 🤷🏽♀️