Falling

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You run, you fall. It happens, it will happen. I cannot see that it is a good reason for not running. Perhaps it is a a reason for running better.

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I fell again last night. We were running through the canal basin at Salterhebble. It was dark. I was wearing a head torch, but as I ran by one of the lock gates, I failed to notice the stone ribs set there to assist those handling the gates to put some weight on it.

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I fell again last night. We were running through the canal basin at Salterhebble. It was dark. I was wearing a head torch, but as I ran by one of the lock gates, I failed to notice the stone ribs set there to assist those handling the gates to put some weight on it.

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The rib is raised by a couple of inches. My foot wasn’t. I fell, and, luckily, I bounced. Today, I have no bruises, despite falling onto cobbles.

My last previous fall was when running fast downhill though woods. Again a raised stone. Three bikes were laid across the path in front of me, and I was looking to work out how to go around them, and not at the path immediately before me. That fall hurt. A few grazes and bruises, but one shin bruise persisted for a good three weeks.

My swim coach, hearing of one fall made it very simple: “Pick your damn feet up.” She was right – particularly off road.

For me there may be an additional common element which has been that falls have come toward the ends of runs. I suspect that it is a question of mental tiredness – not keeping a full concentration on the terrain before me.

It is always my fault, and I make no complaint. I just live in hope that I can keep going. Just at the moment I feel I am getting a little better . .

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