dbanks80 wrote: »
@alheise12 I thought about you this morning!!!! I started my run and didnt pick up my feet and completely wiped out on a raised crack on the sidewalk!! Have a hole in my running pants and my knees are scraped and bleeding! Thank God I didnt break anything!
That was the first time I fell while running LOL!!
Radroit wrote: »
Nineteen marathons, numerous tri's, lots and lots of trail running, never fallen or come close to falling. I can understand getting so 'zoned' that you might stop paying attention to your track...but clearly that's something you need to not let happen. If you're not checking upcoming terrain you're doing it wrong. But don't stop running, just be more careful. Being aware of your surroundings is crucial to your safety, whether it's trip hazards, cyclists, horseback riders, motor vehicles, even people intent on mischief. As a young lady I think the latter should be high on your list.
Having said that, I think it's unfortunate that our litigious society leads events such as yours so quickly to 'sue someone'.
alheise12 wrote: »
So, I like to think of myself as a runner. I am definitely a recreational runner and am only competitive with myself and am not dedicated enough to run in the winter. I have been running 2 miles regularly for a while and recently upped it to 3-4. For the last month or so I have been running 5-6 days a week. Before that it just depended on the weather, but I try for at least 5 days a week in non winter months.
In October I tripped over a large height difference in a crack in the sidewalk, landed on my right wrist and had to have emergency surgery inserting a plate (my hand was falling off of my wrist). I had a long recovery (still not back to normal ROM) but I started running again, very, very carefully and more aware of the sidewalk.
Last night I tripped. And fell. On a height difference in a sidewalk crack. Luckily no breaks, just a badly skinned knee and some concrete burn, but I'm wondering what the hell is going on.
Am I meant to not be a runner? Running wrong? Neurological problem? What is wrong with me?!
I am too embarrassed to talk to my "runner" friends about this because WHO THE HELL FALLS THIS MUCH?! And no, I am NOT typically accident prone or clumsy in regular, everyday life or even my other workouts (which include cardio and weight lifting).
stealthq wrote: »
I'm guessing you don't pick your feet up very high when you run. On a flat surface, that'd be a benefit - more efficient. On an uneven surface not so much. If you're going to continue running on sidewalks in poor condition, you're going to want to watch for cracks and think about making sure you're picking your feet up enough to get over. If nothing else, seeing them will help you be prepared to catch yourself in case you trip.
Where sidewalks are in bad shape, I try to run in the street opposing traffic until I get to a properly maintained section. Where I live, the street is in much better condition and I'm only contending with neighborhood traffic - slow and not a lot. I wear a light so the cars can see me and I keep an eye out for them, of course. Obviously don't do this if traffic is dangerous where you are.
Spliner1969 wrote: »
Edit: By the way, when you fell, if there were medical expenses, the homeowner (if there was one) with the sidewalk is liable. That's why we have homeowner's insurance. It's also why you should maintain your sidewalks.
Food for thought.
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