Sidewalk - 1, Me - 0
So I took the dog out running after work, as the sun was setting. Somehow my plan to "change clothes and run" turned into "feed the cats, feed the dog, put the beer in the fridge, get your shoes out of the basement, bring in the mail and packages, change clothes and run," which takes 30 minutes instead of the two minutes I had planned.
Which left me running in the dark for most of my run. In general, I avoid running at night because I don't feel safe, not even with the dog. Maybe I am paranoid, maybe not, but I get freaked out. You never know what could happen. Things happen.
The Sidewalk Sucks
But as it turns out,, I'm my own worst enemy because I am so freaking clumsy! I tripped on a stretch of uneven sidewalk in a dark, leafy area.
he dog was unharmed and unconcerned, as usual. At least she didn't cause me to trip this time.
But, because it was dark, no one saw me fall! That's a major bonus. In my running history, I've fallen down, like tripped and fallen flat on my face, no less than five times. Almost every other time, someone has witnessed my clumsiness.
Once, it was the dog's fault. She bolted between my legs to get something, who knows what. A few times, it was the sidewalk's fault, like tonight. And once I tripped on a trail for no obvious reason [hangs head in shame].
I haven't asked around, but I believe I've fallen a lot more than other runners. I guess I don't ask around because I don't really want to know.
On the bright side, I'm less clumsy now than I was when I was younger. I can navigate stairs without falling, a skill that eluded me until well after college. But the sidewalk still trips me up (ha ha).
I know what you're thinking. I joined a gym this week. There was really no point to running outside, other than to take the dog, and the dog had already been on a walk.
So tomorrow night, if I run, I will go to the gym. I will go to the gym. I will go to the gym. I will go to the gym...
Self-Heal Creme Rocks
On a different note, I want to give a shout out to a product I like a lot (nothing in this for me, I just really like this stuff). Self-Heal Creme from Flower Essence Services is amazing. Thanks to my friend Lynda for introducing me to it way back when.
After I washed the blood and dirt off that scrape on my leg, it stung and burned. I slathered on some Self-Heal Cream and the pain went away. I use Self-Heal Creme on every small scrape or cut I get. It's also great for sunburns and windburn. I like that it's all-natural, feels light on my skin, and absorbs easily. And I really love that it works as a topical pain killer.
So in summary: Don't run in the dark if you're clumsy like me. Go to the gym. And get some Self-Heal Creme just in case.
Week Seven: Fitness - Exercise Every Day