Having Fun While Falling
My husband and I decided to take a quick jaunt through the woods on Saturday morning to go for a 3-5 mile trail run. While out on our adventure, Icouldn’t help but think about how nice it was to be out in the forest, enjoying nature, and I started to think about how similar trail running was to trail riding. Ironically enough, I hadtentatively planned to go trail riding with my mother-in-law the very next day.
Unfortunately, being the klutz that I am, my ankle gave in on a rock less than a mile out on the trail and Itripped and fell on a fairly steep hill. I knew I had scraped my knee, but decided to “get back on the horse”, and continued to run again, not even looking at the damage that I had done.
You would assume that the story ends here – with me finishing my run and feeling that “runner’s high” that comes after a work-out with a mix of endorphins and a great sense of accomplishment. Unfortunately, I tripped over a tree root another mile in and fell again. My husband would later on tell friends and family members that I pounded the ground with my fists and yelled out a few choice words that I won’t repeat here, but all I truly recall from having that second spill was how bruised my ego was.
It wasn’t until I returned home (we decided to call it quits shortly after, JP taking the lead and running home and me run/walking back to the house behind him) that I really saw the damage that had been done. Luckily, I didn’t need stitches, although there was a lot of blood and bruising involved.
So there you have it. Apparently, in some ways, running can be as dangerous a sport as horseback riding. What was supposed to be a cool and pleasant jaunt in the woods to help us avoid the 90-degree heat turned into a less than enjoyable event to be remembered by all for years to come.
And just like in horseback riding, even though I didn’t hurt myself too badly during this fall, my ego was definitely bruised pretty badly. Oh yeah. And I had to cancel my trail ride I had been looking forward to for the following day because I could barely walk, let alone get on a horse.