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Sidewalk + Running = Wipe Out


Thursday, June 12, 2008


It happens to the best of us! I was out for my evening run a couple nights ago, happily running along a residential street, jamming to my favorite new Coldplay song ("Viva la Vida" if you haven't heard it yet) and next thing I know, I'm on the ground. Big ouch! I scraped up the palms of my hands, an elbow, and the side of one knee, but nothing was bruised as much as my ego.

But in all seriousness, it really wasn't as embarrassing as I thought it might be. (Luckily this was not a busy street.) I fell right next to someone's drive way and of course a man was right there next to his car. He was nice and concerned, but after examining myself for anything life-threatening (I was scraped up but not bloody), I ran away from there as fast as I could while saying, "Thanks…no, I'm fine!" over my shoulder.

These are the sorts of things that many of us fear. We feel self-conscious enough exercising in front of others, and we worry about looking silly, stupid, weird or fill-in-the-blank. I've seen people fall on treadmills (one woman who fell was pulled into a wall behind her by the treadmill belt). One time I fell off of a stability ball while teaching a class full of exercisers! But you know, all you can do is get back on and keep going. Now that I've experienced one of my worst fears of embarrassment, I realize that (as long as you don't really hurt yourself), it's not as bad as I imagined. And it's definitely not bad enough to prevent me from going back out there again.

Have you ever fallen or done something really embarrassing at the gym or while working out? Did it stop you from coming back? Share in the comments below!
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GEMINI_WRITER 7/23/2008 5:59PM

    I've fallen several times over the past 30 years of running. The worse was last November when I fell right as I was ending my run for the day -- it happened in slow motion -- I fell hard and bounded back up. A nice man in his car stopped and asked me if I was okay. I smiled and told him I was fine. As I was walking back up to my house, I became very queasy and had to stop to lie down. As I hobbled home, my left leg began to hurt. My leg felt injured that day but by the next day, I was in pain. I thought it was a bad sprain. Six weeks later, it was still bothering me. A trip to the doctor and an x-ray later, I discovered I broke my ankle and had been walking on it for 6 weeks!

All is fine now. Two weeks in a cast did the trick. But I will never avoid going to the doctor to check it out.


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JILLCJ 7/14/2008 6:05PM

    I was running on our city park trail that runs between all our little league fields. This beautiful evening, running at a great pace for me, I was paying more attention to the tee ball game going on than the big rocks under my feet. Then the slow motion process began. It seemed like 5 minutes before I finally hit the ground, all the time trying to right myself to no avail. Anyway I fell hard. But to save face popped right back up and ran on. Only to look down later to see I had no skin on my knee or palm. I love small towns, several people commented to me that they saw me fall, but since I bounced back up so fast they figured I was OK. The only thing hurt was my pride!!lol emoticon

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LANABYTE 7/8/2008 12:44AM

    Another reason why I only exercise in private, lol!
However, a few years ago at my old job (I used to be a caterer), I fell up some steps and cracked my knee (literally) on the marble floor. A group of 6-7 guests standing about 3 feet away turned and stared at me like I had 3 heads, then turned away and continued their conversation. That was humiliating.

And btw, Viva la Vida is my favourite song! It totally rocks! It gives me chills everytime I hear it.

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EADAVENP 6/26/2008 5:07PM

  Try doing a faceplant while running on the sidewalk with two dogs. (leash trippage) A car actually slowed down, rolled down their window, laughed and drove away.

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PUNK1N 6/19/2008 8:34PM

    At least you didn't face-plant into the side of the guy's car. I can tell you from experience that is NOT fun. hahahah emoticon

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-SPLIT- 6/18/2008 6:33AM

    monday morning when I was cycling to work some idiot knocked me off my bike and I banged my head really hard on the road.

I did the same thing as you did, I jumped up and said "it's ok I'm fine", and walked off... I didn't want him to see that I was crying

I spent two days in hospital, and now I have to stay a week in bed (with a black eye and really sore dizzy head)

(I even feel embarrassed about doing exercises at home, I close the door and don't let anyone see me)

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PUPPYWHISPERS 6/16/2008 12:48PM

    Boy, I sure have! I walked outside through the winter, which was very icy. Despite the Yaktrax that I wore on my shoes for traction, I still managed to step into a large pothole and fall in right into it in the street, and causing my Yaktrax to fly off. Of course, the pothole was filled with water, which I why I didn't see it, and I was soaked. And this was during my lunch break at work, so I walked back to work, soaking wet, with a bloody hand and knee. It was nice that people fussed over me, but I really wanted to put the moment behind me...

Thanks for helping me see I'm not the only one who does this, and it's better to fall while I'm out exercising than to not exercise at all!

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ECOGAL 6/15/2008 11:28AM

    I know this is a bit off topic, but I love coldplay also! I agree, their new song" Viva la Vida" is so good! The lyrics really make you think... emoticon

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COLEMANSR 6/13/2008 10:51AM

    Hi COACH NICOLE. Sorry to hear about your fall but thanks for giving me the encouragement to get back up again. Have an awesome day.

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NEWYEARFORDEB 6/12/2008 8:52PM

    So sorry to read that you took a spill. Be careful, as you know it is usually a day or so later that you really feel it.
Believe me I know the pain. Back a few years ago I was with a student on the ropes course and she needed to go back to the campus. I was walking with her and the strangest thing happened as I was walking. One of my hiking boots shoe string caught on the eye hook of the other shoe and it was like my feet got instantly tied together and over I went, flat on my face. I layed there on the ground in the middle of an intersection. I couldn''t move, I had broke both my arms and could push or pull myself up or over. As I laid on my face, I could see the cars at the red light and people looking at me but no one came to help. The student I was with was very intravert and to my surprise went to the nearest store for help. It ended up I broke both my arms and had surgery on my left arm and cast on both arms at the same time. The arm without surgery was in a cast for 6 weeks, the other arm for 12 with many months of therapy. It was deffinately a challenge. Amazingly I have full range of motion on both arms and am doing well ever since. So I could almost feel your pain in falling. I am glad you are OK.
By the way, I so enjoy your excersise tips and training. Thank you
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ELLIQQ 6/12/2008 8:21PM

    Yup .. running early in the morning, I slipped and my ribs hit the curb from the alley to the sidewalk ... it wasn't until years later when I had an xray that I found out I had actually broken some ribs ... I just wrapped up in an ace and didn't breathe deep for awhile ... hated to admit what I had done ... dumb... I sure did buy into that "strong woman" [[stuff]] ... don't think I would do the same thing anymore!!

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CARLI_MAE 6/12/2008 7:00PM

    Hahahahaha ... too funny! I guess when I was your age and younger there were times I remember falling or slipping on ice and then looking around to see if anyone saw me. Now at 58, nothing embarrasses me anymore -- in fact sometimes I deliberately do silly things in front of my neighbors just for laughs -- like one day I was going down the street and decided instead of just walking my usual way, I would incorporate some of Leslie Sansone's lateral moves and Mombo steps into my walk!

I do have a funny story to share with regard to my grandmother and one of my aunts. The 2 of them were walking along doing grocery shopping and grandma tripped and fell on the sidewalk. Auntie Mamie, instead of saying "Ma, are you alright?" looked around and then helped grandma up and said, "It's ok Ma, nobody saw you!" emoticon

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SARIESARA 6/12/2008 5:53PM

    I trip and fall ALL the time just walking on campus... =]
Born klutz!

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TERRAMATER 6/12/2008 5:48PM

    My foot slipped from one of the pedals of an elliptical trainer. I almost fell off, but when I staggered my bookmark fell from between my book (yeah I read on elliptical and stationary bike, that keeps me going) It landed on the rails on which pedals move and cracked loudly. It was like a scene from a comedy movie or a sitcom.
Now I come to think of it, reading on trainers and bikes might be embarrassing enough.

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SP_COACH_DENISE 6/12/2008 5:48PM

    This definitely happens to the best of us! I was just learning to ride my bike last spring with pedals that clip your feet in. I had done great in the driveway and on the little cul-de-sac where I lived at the time. My husband and I decide that we will ride our bikes with the clipped in pedals to our Tae Kwon Do class that evening since I was getting the hang of it and it wasn't far. Let's just say, we ended up going by car and being a little late. I got going and before I could even get to the end of the driveway, I feel into my neighbors bushes/garden/mud and crying (yes, I was 28 at the time). I freaked out so bad, with a bloody knee, many bruises and "stuck" to my bike. My husband standing there laughing while asking if I was ok, didn't seem all that helpful at the time. He had to help twist my feet off the pedals to lift the bike off me.

I didn't get back on that evening since I wanted to get to my Tae Kwon Do class and was already running late with my accident and clean up, but I did get back on the next day and many other days after that. Thank goodness for helmets though - my head was certainly cushioned!

It's funny now that I look back on it, but it was certainly embarrassing even though I believe that my husband was the only one to see me do that. I don' t think the neighbors were home, but I would like to think they weren't. emoticon

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HARTSMART 6/12/2008 5:46PM

    i trip on the sidewalk cracks just taking my evening walks! i think i have conditioned myself to not fear falling while exercising!!

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JENNTINYSAM 6/12/2008 5:45PM

  I walk in my mobile park all the time. I have fallen several times. I Was running once and then fell and busted my knee. I have also fallen just by walking. I stepped on to the pavement and there was loose gravel and I fell right in front of a car. They stopped but didnt say a word to me.


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LIFES*2*SHORT 6/12/2008 5:34PM

  ANy of you seen the episode of Friends where Phoebe goes out for a run? That's exactly why I don't run! LOL Yep.. a pretty close likeness. LOL

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MRS_TOAD 6/12/2008 5:32PM

    About 10 years ago, I was out for a run and I tripped on an uneven sidewalk in front of a busy gas station. I quickly got up and began running again. (No one even asked me if I was okay.) About 2 blocks away the pain set in and I looked at the damage. My hands were skinned, my elbow bleeding as were my knees. Come for find out, by that time I had blood down to my ankles and my knees were very badly scrapped- almost to the bone on one of them. Amazingly I made it home (no cell phones at the time) and DH cleaned me up. While I have some nasty scars, I still ran a 4K that 4th of July and love to this day running on a cool evening.
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PMANQUEN 6/12/2008 5:31PM

    Oh, Boy!!! I sure know how you feel!! I was training for Bay to Breakers (many years ago) and decided to run to work in the AM. I got almost there and was running ACROSS a busy street...got to the cement piece at the beginning of the crosswalk and misjudged the height.....went right down on my knees.....needless to say I didn't run in the race...could hardly walk!!!!! I was ok but that old ego was really bruised!!!! I would never let that stop me though....I've gone for many runs and walks since then!
Keep going.....it's better to do the exercise than to let it bother you!!!
Pam

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COACH_NICOLE 6/12/2008 5:26PM

    Haha- I should have seen it coming, too b/c I trip ALL THE TIME just walking casually on the sidewalk.

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KARICHELLE 6/12/2008 5:23PM

    I think falling off the treadmill is one of my worst fears because of the complete and total lack of control combined with the ground moving under you. ;) I haven't tripped over the sidewalk cracks yet while on my runs but I'm sure it's only a matter of time. I'm really good at tripping over them while walking. Once I was out walking the dogs and I started hearing fast but light footsteps on the sidewalk behind me and I thought it was another dog starting to chase us, so I turned around to look and tripped over a crack in the sidewalk. Turns out it was a little girl chasing us because (I assume...since she never said a word) she wanted to pet the dogs. I was too embarrassed to stop then so I just kept on going. :P

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