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Week 2: Falling Without Style

Last week was a rough week.   After Broad Street it took me the entire week to recover.  It isn’t surprising since the last time I ran that fast for that long was Broad Street 2014.  Of course my muscles are going to be sore!  That being said I had a nice week of running…I did what I wanted, no more and no less.

Monday: 7.35 miles easy
Tuesday: 7.35 miles easy
Wednesday: 7.4 miles easy
Thursday: 10.75 miles easy
Friday: OFF
Saturday: 10.75 miles easy
Sunday: Race to Never land 5k (20:20)

On Tuesday I tripped over a pot hole and took a nasty fall.  I was about ¼ of a mile away from my house and had to walk home.  During that fourth of a mile walk, three cars stopped and asked if I was okay.  I was bleeding and I had cut up my knee, elbow and arm pretty badly (no photos).

I fell directly on my elbow and honestly I was worried I had broken it again.  Long time readers know I have broken both of my arms.  The first time was in college when I slipped and fell on the ice.  The second was 2 years ago when a cyclist hit and knocked me to the ground while cooling down.  Needless to say I don’t fall gracefully.  I’ve been checked for bone density twice and was always in the normal range so that isn’t a worry.

ah ha...found this college gem.

ah ha…found this college gem.

It’s been nearly a week since falling and while I’m still sore I can rotate everything so I doubt it’s broken.  Thank goodness for that.

The rest of the runs were easy and boring.  My plan for May is still to keep running easy and base mileage.  I’ll also do local 5ks to get some speed in but no workouts.  I’ve kept building up slowly and I would like to be running 60-70 miles with a rest day.  I have no plans to run 15+ long runs for a while.

Enjoying miles not on snow...

Enjoying miles not on snow…

On Sunday I ran a local 5k.  It was hot, humid and not that enjoyable but in my attempt to get better at 5ks…I must run more 5ks. That would make sense right?   The heat as well as being sore got to me but like everything you must start somewhere.  Despite not being where I would like, it was a decent race and I don’t regret doing it.

So with that I move onto week 3 of training for 5ks.  It’s similar to week 2 but with a few miles.

Questions for you:

How was your week of training?

Have you ever broken your arm?

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32 responses

  1. My miles are still low, but I had my first ever track workout. Our club has a real coach who knows his stuff. I had to leave work early to get to practice but I learned a lot.
    Then on Saturday I won a 5K for the first time ever! It was a small race, but the top 10 runners were all competitive. I got a trophy! Full re-cap at 8:30AM EST.
    I broke my arm about 20 years ago. I made a full recovery and have 100% use back.

  2. Great training plan! On the bright side I’m glad it was just a bruised arm. My sister has been on a boot for about 3 months after tripping on a pothole too. She was half a mile away from finishing her third half marathon.

  3. So sorry about your fall and I’m glad you’re okay. Must’ve been pretty ugly since you had to walk home and people were asking if you were okay! Good luck with building mileage back and doing 5K races as workouts, I agree it is one of the best speed workouts you can do and I think frequent racing benefits me more than track days and intervals, things like that. The first 5K back after awhile always feels weird though, it’s like you forget how much it hurts because it’s a different speed/strategy than racing a half marathon or a 10 mile!

    My week of training was good… many of my runs were a few miles shorter than I wanted but it’s getting hot here and I had a lot going on with work and life so some days I could only fit in 3-4 miles.

  4. Girl, you need to be careful with your arms! I broke my arm when I was a kid. My brother on the other hand, has broken one arm 2x and the other once. He actually managed to break the elbow joint one time. That was not a fun time for him.

  5. So glad it turned out ok! And still a great week of running–I like the running 5ks as speed work plan. Enjoy the changes.

  6. My week of training was decent. I am battling with the increase in humidity / adjusting to the warmer weather. I’m hoping at keeping a base milage at a comfortable pace (40-45 mpw @730-750 miles) through May. For being as awkward and uncoordinated as I am, I shockingly have never broken a bone… knock on wood.

  7. So sorry about your arm! My daughter fractured her wrist in two places, 2 weeks ago playing ultimate frisbee at youth group. She’s in a cast for 3 weeks, then a brace for 2. I’ve never broken any bones (knock on wood) so I cannot relate. I hope your arm gets better soon. Just be sure to get it checked out if it doesn’t and/or it starts to swell up. We didn’t take Abby in right away, but then on day 2 it started to swell up and was still hurting her alot, so we took her in. I’m sure glad we did, since what we thought was nothing turned out to be fractures!
    Take care of yourself and don’t push yourself too hard.

    • Wow I’m sorry to hear that. I am rather certain that mine is not fractured or broken, just very bruised. Thank you so much got your concerns and I hope your daughter heals quickly.

  8. So sorry about your arm! My daughter fractured her wrist in two places, 2 weeks ago playing ultimate frisbee at youth group. She’s in a cast for 3 weeks, then a brace for 2. I’ve never broken any bones (knock on wood) so I cannot relate. I hope your arm gets better soon. Just be sure to get it checked out if it doesn’t and/or it starts to swell up. We didn’t take Abby in right away, but then on day 2 it started to swell up and was still hurting her alot, so we took her in. I’m sure glad we did, since what we thought was nothing turned out to be fractures!
    Take care of yourself and don’t push yourself too hard.
    I’m on taper this week from my training…my first half is this Saturday!

  9. Eek to that fall! But a great week of running for you still. I think it’s awesome that you’re doing a bunch of 5ks! They scare me! I did a 10k yesterday (they also scare me) and now I’m taking a good 1-2 weeks off of running to get my head cleared since I’ve felt way too scattered/busy.

  10. I’m gonna buy you a package of fancy bubble wrap and you’re going to wear it. I think that’s the only reasonable answer to everything.

  11. Hey missy, didn’t you WIN that 5k this weekend? Seems worth noting to me 🙂 Please ignore if I made this up and just imagined that I saw it on instagram.

  12. Very ouch on the fall, but glad you’re okay! I’m actually always wary of falling when I’m out running… and especially when I’m on the trails or treadmill. I’ve never broken an arm, but I managed to shatter a kneecap in a snowboarding accident. That’s definitely not something I’d recommend…

  13. You fall more than anybody else, haha. I’m glad nothing seems to be broken though! That would really be unfortunate after your bum butt is finally better! I’ve never broken anything! Maybe due to my lack of adventure 🙂 Actually, I think I’m pretty lucky I’ve never broken anything! Hopefully I have some nice, strong bones!

  14. my training was nothing. I seriously did nothing. I did some cross training last night, only bc i caught a glimpse of my reflection yesterday out on a walk and realized my butt was looking more and more like a shelf. whoops.

    i’ve only broken a bone once! buuut it was a vertebrae, I burst it, and I ended up needing rods in my spine and learning how to walk again. So… it was a pretty big deal. I always wanted to break an arm when I was in school, because then you get a cast and people signed it and it was super cool. nope. no broken bones, stitches once, nothing exciting. and then i burst my spine. ugh. hahah

  15. Eek that fall sounds terrible! It’s lucky that you were so close to home! I’ve luckily never broken either arm, just my big toe. This week of training was tough..it was my highest mileage of the year so far, and my first week back from a trip to Europe. Plus, the weather was SO HOT in Pittsburgh (highs in the 80-90s) so it was a struggle, but I survived!

  16. You know who falls with style? Buzz Lightyear. But don’t fret, not everyone can be Buzz Lightyear… 🙂

  17. Yikes! Sorry about the fall and glad to hear you’re doing OK. It’s starting to heat up finally! I went running after work on Friday and was completely drenched. Thank you, humidity, lol.

  18. I don’t even know how you managed to race a 5K a week out from Broad Street! I’m so glad your arm isn’t broken because that would really stink. I broke my toe once (dropped a computer on it) and also another kid accidentally broke my face with a baseball bat when I was about 9. Lol.

  19. You still had such a great running week after that nasty fall. and after a fast race. Great job.!
    I’ve never broken a bone before. I am way too cautious.

  20. When I saw the title I was thinking ‘oh no, not again!’ I’m just glad that you haven’t injured anything too badly. We must be having some unspoken competition as to who can fall the greatest number of times while running. When I trip over, I absolutely clatter to the ground. I definitely don’t fall with any style or grace!

    Looks like another solid week of training in the books. I’m sure you’ll feel back up to speed really quickly with the measured approach you’re taking when it comes to recovery.

  21. It’s lucky that you fell on your arm and not your legs. You don’t need anymore lower body problems! Your shoes look beautiful on those flowers. Spring is so great for running!

  22. Ugh – what a nasty fall! I’ve never broken my arm but I dislocated my thumb right at the start of a race. I ran the race, convinced my hand was broken. I consider it one of my more BA moments 🙂

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