Wednesday, November 3, 2010

When You Fall Down...

...You Get Up!  It happened.  I fell.  Flat. On. My. Face.  Okay...well, on my hands and knees, but after all the near misses with the pavement and occasional swan dives and stumbles, I finally had a complete and total buckle with the street today during my morning run.

I attribute my gracefulness to stubborn drivers, uneven asphalt to concrete and lack of night vision.  And by the way, for the three cars that drove right on by after you saw me fall, "Thanks!  You're awesome!  Don't worry about me!  I'm OKAY!"

It was a cold morning and I layered up for the first time all season and I'm thankful for the brisk chill to the air for two simple reasons.

Number one:  Running in cool weather is so EXHILARATING!  I felt electric and alive. 
Number two:  Ripping my gloves if far less painful than ripping my hands to shreds.


When I picked myself up from the road and winced in pain,  I set aside my embarrassment and fought away the tears.  Suddenly the fear of a potential injury and not being able to run the marathon in five weeks swirled though my mind like a fly trapped in a pickle jar. 

When my adrenaline became less intense, my left knee started to hurt badly.  But I continued on.  This could NOT be happening.  A few more steps, several deeps breaths and slowly the pain started to subside and I realized it was just a bruise.  It was going to hurt for the short term, but I was going to be just fine.

I picked up my pace.  And I ran faster than ever.  As the pain exited my body, the joy came back into my heart.  I ran faster than I ever have.  I just kept running.  Run Rhonda Run!  I ran all the way home.

I grabbed a glass of water and that's when I noticed my ripped glove and my slightly swollen knee. 


It's just another story along this marathon journey.  My knees are sore but I'm not going to let it get me down.  When you fall, you don't give up and wallow in your sorrows and walk home.  You get up, you take a deep breath, you brush off the wound and you keep going.  And in my case, you get a new pair of gloves.

So the journey continues!  Join me for the ride.

7 comments:

DB said...

You need a better pair of gloves anyway. Glad you weren't really hurt. 3:45!

Amy said...

You go, girl! Get up and keep on running! I really am glad you weren't hurt too badly.

And for those cars that drove by? Where is your friendly Texas spirit?!

Mrs. K said...

You are so awesome. I feel like a big baby after reading your post. Way to tough it out and still be successful! Absolutely inspiring.

Theresa said...

You are awesome! Way to keep going and to get back up. Great message!

Lula Lola said...

You really picked the right blog "handle." I've missed being inspired by you! Hope you're not uncomfortable for too long!

jillconyers said...

The journey always continues :)

I'm glad you're ok.

Injury update. It took me a day of 2 to get to this point. http://jillconyers.typepad.com/life_as_i_see_it/2010/11/obstacles.html

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

Thank goodness you had gloves on!

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