My First Fall

I need to watch where I'm going! And I need to stick to running on the road and the park path. Today I turned the corner onto my street, looked down at my Garmin to see I'd run 5.99 miles and bam! I tripped on the uneven sidewalk and went skidding across the ground and fell flat out on the sidewalk.

I've run fairly regularly since 2003 and this was my only running fall - so that's good. But my new Garmin is scratched, one glove has a hole in it, my left knee is a little scraped up, has a small bulge/bump on it and it hurts. I'm icing my knee (shiver, shiver!) and I've got it raised up on a chair.

After I fell, I got up, crossed the street and I was home. I poured the pancake batter I made last night into heart-shaped molds to make cinnamon whole wheat pancakes. To make them, I used half whole wheat pastry flour and half white flour with a sprinkling of cinnamon in my usual pancake recipe - easy and so good! I had some yogurt with cranberries on the side - good, too. 

Today's workout: I ran to a new hill which is a mile from home. I did about 4 miles of hillwork - running up and down a .15 mile hill 12 times. I did all of the uphills hard and some of the downhills fast, too. I actually liked this hillwork run, until I got to the 5.99 mile point!

Run carefully and have a happy Valentine's Day!


  1. Yikes!!!!! I'm glad you aren't too hurt but be careful with that knee (and uneven sidewalks!).

    Your pancakes are just adorable - I think I need to try to be ambitious and make my kiddos some of those fun things tonight. Maybe breakfast for dinner since we always scrounge around for food on Sat. nights. Thanks for the idea and so glad you enjoyed them!

    Happy Valentine's Day weekened!!

  2. Hope your knee will be OK soon.
    I had a spill a couple of years ago. Can't even blame it on uneven sidewalk. Till this day when I run where I fell I slow down.
    Happy Valentine's

  3. Love those pancakes! Sorry to hear about you and your Garmin. :( I haven't had a fall yet, but have come really close. Be careful out there.

  4. Jill, I hope you're feeling better. Yes, pancakes are a great dinner!

    Ewa, I want to comment on your blog, but I don't think you have it set up for comments.

  5. Sarah, my Garmin isn't as pretty now, but I hope that seeing that scratch on it will remind me to be more careful - a good thing!

    1:15PM Knee update: the swelling has gone down and my knee looks normal. : )

  6. Sorry about your fall! I am always worried about slipping, especially with messy sidewalks that we have around here--but count your scratched Garmin as a battle scar ;) Well-earned!

  7. Glad you are not hurt! At least the rest of the run was good, sounds like a great workout! And I want to make heart-shaped pancakes now-Yum! :)

  8. oh no!!! say it isn't so!!! i'm glad you're ok and not too scratched up but it still sounds painful. i hope there is no longterm pain and that your knee heals simply with a scab and some tlc.
    your pancakes look yummmmmmy!
    happy valetines day!

  9. OUCH! Hope it isn't too bad. I would be heartbroken over scratching the Garmin but at least it has a good story :)

    MMMMM on the pancakes!

  10. I seem to fall periodically. Only once did I get fairly hurt but I kept running!

  11. ajh, kudos to you for dusting yourself off and continuing the run!

  12. Hi Tina,
    I just found your blog..I saw the comment you left for Renee and thought I would check your blog out:) I absolutely love the heart shaped pancake idea!! Very kids would love it:) I hope that your hill workout goes well. Also, thanks for letting EWA know about her comment set up. I have been trying to give her comments as well;)

    Have a great weekend!!

  13. cute pancakes!!

    hope you are ok from the fall - yikes. i haven't had a bad wipeout in a few years and *hopefully* i won't 'need' one anytime soon.

  14. Ouch! Glad you are (mostly) okay!

  15. Ow! I'm so glad you are okay. I fell once on the ice and it was enough to shake me up a little bit. Sorry about the Garmin, but I'm glad it still works.

  16. Poor Tina! I do not like falling and I've done it a few times. I seem to trip and then fall on my face. I hope your knee is okay. I can't wait to see what you whip up for tomorrow! Those pancakes are fun.

  17. Happy Valentine's Day Tina. I bet you are a great cook. Wish you were nearby. I could run over to your house and you could feed me each day.

    I have taken 2 tumbles. One while running a few years ago and the one in Nov. that may have been the start to my hip issues this winter???
    Hope you are ok. Be careful!

  18. Oh no friend! Hope your doing ok! I am always worried about falling! Those pancakes look yummy!

    You totally made me laugh about your dentist comment...I totally laughed and can totally relate! Everyone should know when we are training for a marathon...right? Right!

  19. Ouch! I'm glad the knee seems back to normal. I have had a few falls, so many that I taught myself how to fall like I was sliding into first base. This helped to protect my knees but my hip would get a few scrapes. Thankfully that has not happened in a long time. I'm impressed you came home and made heart shape pancakes, what a sweet wife you are! Sounds like you had a solid hill workout!

  20. Geez! I hope you are okay!

    Those pancakes sound so yummy! I must say, you make hill work sound fun!

  21. Yikes, falls are no fun. Now you have it out of your system and won't ever happen again!!! Mmmmm, pancakes- you are such a great "foodie" - I always look forward to seeing what you have cooked up for us for the day! I agree with Ginny - we need to live close to you so you can feed us all! Have a great week!

  22. I'm just waiting for that to happen to me. It is amazing it hasn't already. Way to finish your run though. And I love the pancakes!


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