I fall over regularly and it really worries my husband because he imagines me lying in a ditch with broken limbs or - even worse - tumbling off a mountain. I've never done myself a real mischief, but scabby knees, grazed elbows and the occasional cut hand happen about once every 3 months. That got me thinking 🤔. It only takes one wrong step to land on your face, but how many "right" steps do I take. Well I walk/run over 11km every day at the moment and have done for about 2 years. That's about 14,000 steps a day and if you do the maths it means I take well over a million steps for every fall. So next time he looks worried I'll tell him there's only a one in a million chance that I'll fall over. That should reassure him!
Falling over - one in a million: I fall over... - Couch to 5K
Alas he did not complete the course. I asked how many times he fell over and he said if you only counted the times he actually hit the floor, three and said it was a bit scary. I think he might be about to hang up his head torch and give up on the night events... but he is 83 and being treated for rheumatoid arthritis and prostate cancer!
I have been running for about a year and a half now, probably fallen around 5 times. I used to stubbornly run without wearing glasses and that resulted in a couple of tripping over tree root falls. Mind you, at least the ground was soft. Once I was running in the dark in an alleyway and tripped over a paving slab, glasses even flew off - result, I only run in the dark with my headtorch now. The other day, I was crossing a road in the light and needed to run over a couple of speed bumps, didn't pick up my feet and scuffed my shoe and over I went. Hole in my trousers and when I got home, discovered a bad graze which has taken days to properly heal. Wear glasses, wear a head torch, pick up your feet. Hoping not to fall again for some time
I'm lucky I suppose, have never fallen over, fallen off motorbikes a few times though! 😁 I'm careful to watch where I put my feet when on trails, as have a bit of a weak ankle caused many years ago through ricking it a lot going over on high platform fashion shoes so don't want to turn it running into a pothole or mud rut..Take care..😊