I Fell

I wish this was an April Fool’s joke.  It’s not.

Friday, mid-afternoon, I started my run like any other day.  I was by myself, I was about a 1/2 mile from my house and the weather was perfect.  Sunny, blue skies, 80F, and just a delightful day and I was so excited to rock a great run.

I ran past a well-dressed, 70ish year old woman and I watched her take a plastic bottle of Fleishmann’s vodka from her purse and chug it on the street corner like I would chug water.  I see homeless people drink on the streets daily in my neighborhood, but this one shocked me.  I literally stopped dead in my tracks with my jaw on the floor.  But she sealed up the vodka and put it back in her purse and I carried on my run.

Deep in thought about what I had just witnessed, I did not notice a bump in the sidewalk.  I guess I was “in the zone”.  A little too well.


The toe of my left shoe hit a raised portion of the sidewalk and I went flying.  It was another slow motion type moment, but this time it was me, and not the caramel sauce that went flying out of my cupboards and shattered.

I hit the ground really hard and skinned my shin and knee.  And my knee is pretty swollen.

I tried to break my fall with my palms and eroded the skin of my left palm.

But it’s my right hand that has a gash missing about the size of a golf ball and it hurts and stings, and it’s a weeping, bloody mess.  The picture is too awful to post.

Hand and skin injuries take forever to heal because we’re always washing our hands.  I may need a skin graft.  Kidding.  I hope.

The worst of it though is that I somehow landed or rolled onto the top of my left glute and my glute muscle has been throbbing and is extremely sore.  I am stiff and it hurts to walk and put pressure or bear much weight on it.  And the pain radiates down the back of my left leg and calf muscles too.  Pretty much my left side is a mess.

I found some Arnica in my cupboard and have been using that.

I hate pain pills but if I liked them, today would have been a good day to familiarize myself with them. But I truly despise them and won’t take them.

But, all in all, I am “fine”. Bruised, beat up, but I am fine.

I want to recognize a few of my friends who are truly going through some horrific times and maybe you can send some healing vibes, prayers, and good thoughts their way:

Eden’s dad

Susan’s arm

Janetha’s mom, aka Momma B

Falling just makes me want to eat chocolate.

Two options: 

Raw Vegan Coconut Oil Chocolate


Chocolate Covered Oreo Balls

Both chocolate options rock.

From my last post, Five Fun Friday Facts, I’m glad you enjoyed my factoids and tibdits and it was fun hearing yours, too!


1. Have you ever fallen or had any sports-related injuries?

I have had a ton!  I have always been a jock and have broken and sprained all the toes in my feet, broken and sprained fingers, sprained my ankles and knees.  I’ve had stress fractures in my shins, feet, and ankles, and have had two knee surgeries.  Much of it is due to high school basketball injuries, some volleyball, and some track injuries.  I grew up on a court of some sort, and trainer’s tape, looks of death from my coaches, and slap on the butt and a “get back out there” was just par for the course.

I was also plowed into when I was about 10 years old by a 300 pound man on a ski slope.  He sent me head first into a tree and I ended up in the hospital with a concussion.  I lived to tell the tale, though.

And as a kid, I had more falling-off-bicycle stories, pogo stick falls, and trampoline falls than you can shake a pogo stick at.

I went water skiing when I was about 8 or so and hit the wake wrong and my ski flew off and ended up hitting me in my back really hard and knocking the wind out of me while I was floating in the lake.

When I was learning to surf about 10 years ago, I also had a nasty fall that involved the fin of the surfboard puncturing my shin pretty nicely.

So yes, I am no stranger to physical activity and with that comes…injuries.

But the human body is remarkable and I always heal.  And I always get back up on the horse, so to speak.

2. Do you take pain pills?

I hate them!   I had a natural childbirth and would rather be in pain than take pain pills.  The side effects are horrible for me.  I think I am probably “allergic” to them I react so violently to them.

3. Did you play or have an April Fool’s Jokes played on you?

I didn’t.  I didn’t need any “jokes”.  Real life kicked me in the butt yesterday, but hey, it happens.  Tomorrow’s a new day and I am fine.

Have a great weekend!



  1. EEK! I can’t believe that happened to you! I would believe it if it happened to me…I trip over random things all of time. Just this morning I tripped on a shadow that was running across the carpet!
    I hope you heal quickly–especially the hand that was too gruesome to show :(
    Boo to the lady chugging vodka and distracting you!

  2. OH NO!!! Heal up soon :)

  3. I’m sorry to hear about your fall but really glad that you are okay. It could have been much worse, so I’m just happy you got away with minor injuries.

    I had some injuries when I was younger from dance and gymnastics…lots of sprained ankles and a break in my leg. Nothing too bad though, I barely remember them.

    Sending you positive thoughts and I hope you heal super quickly.

  4. Oh my! I hope you feel better soon. I know you have the arnica tablets but if that isn’t working the cream might be better. Also calendula cream or spray for the wounds. It will keep them from getting infected. I would have tripped too if I had seen the lady with the vodka!

  5. Ugh…:P Feel better!
    Being a figure skater, I slip/trip/fall/bash/slide (whatever you want to call beating yourself up…hahaha) ALL THE TIME. It’s naturally part of my daily routine, lol ;)
    I recently recovered from a partially torn MCL in my knee…ouch. :P All better now though! My coach is back to whipping my bum ;)

  6. OH NO! What a terrible fall, I was just thinking, HOW IN THE WORLD did you get BACK home! Did you walk back or call someone to get you? I hope you heal really quickly, here’s sending you lots of positive thought and prayer!

  7. Hope your cleaned up now. Those symptoms sound like sciatica…be careful girl.

    Just looking at that chocolate makes me feel better :)

  8. Thanks for the good vibrations, we’ll need them!

  9. Ouch! I hope you’re okay. At least it looks hardcore. (:

  10. That looks like a rough fall! I’m glad you’re okay. Bring on the chocolate!

  11. OMG! You took quite the fall!! I’m glad you’re ok, though. Your injuries remind me of childhood injuries; falling off bike, falling on gravel, etc. I hate when I don’t notice bumps in my path and my shoe always manages to find the one spot.

    I don’t like pain meds. For one, I tried Tylenol-3 when I had my wisdom tooth extracted and it made me sick. And two, I always worry that I would like them TOO much and get addicted, lol. So I don’t even want to try. I’d rather stiff it out as long as I can, but sometimes I gotta take some Advil when SHE is in town. There’s only so much discomfort I can handle.

    Take it easy, mama! You’ll be good as new before you know it. :) *HUGS*

  12. OUCH!!! That really sucks. Hope you heal up quickly and as painlessly as possible.

    I don’t really care for pain pills either, but probably mostly because I don’t find they really help me. I don’t like to take medicine anyway, but when I had to have surgery none of the pain meds seemed to help. At all. Except, of course, the one I ended up allergic to and made me itch like crazy! Good thing that was the first one they tried so I was still pretty out of it lol. Even when I take Advil I have to take at least double the recommended dose, so I really try to avoid it.

    Good thing the body is so resilient!

    Take it easy, hope the rest of your weekend is accident-free!

  13. I hope you feel better! I blame it on that lady–so inappropriate! Take care of yourself :)

  14. I’m sorry you got kicked in the butt! Glad you took arnica–it’s great. Rescue remedy is good too, and aconite for the shock. I admire your resilience.

    Yeah, I’ve bashed myself up over the years–it happens. But your waterski story is one of a kind.
    Take gentle care of yourself!

  15. Ouch!! Sorry you got hurt. If you lived here in the midwest where it is still cold you would have had on long pants and gloves to help protect you! lol Although I’d take the warm weather over protective clothing!!

  16. Thanks from me and Momma B for the shout out. Positive vibes are a Godsend right now!! Sorry about your spill, the photos made me cringe.. Ouch!!!!

  17. Oh no! Sorry you took a tumble :( If it makes you feel any better, I’ve fallen more times than I can count on runs, and I don’t even have the excuse of being distracted by a crazy, vodka-guzzling old woman! I’m just really, really clumsy. Hope you heal soon- those cuts look rough!

  18. Oh no! I hope your knee will get better soon. I used to fall lots and lots on my knee until I needed a serious surgery. Knee pain is no fun. Get well! :)

  19. oh no! ouch! hope your leg and knee feel and get better soon!

    in grenada, after our midterms (i was in med school) we had a huge party on the beach. i was so intoxicated, fell and hit my head on a rock, bled profusely ON the beach while getting 2 stitches on my head ON the beach! hahah

  20. I’ve fallen a lot..off horses, bikes, on treadmills…tons of places. But running falls REALLY hurt!! Sorry that happened to you today. :( But like you said, you’re fine..a little banged up but fine and that’s good! Itcould have been a lot worse. At least there;s not broken bones or anything. :)

  21. Oh no! So sorry to hear you fell; it looks really painful… at least with all the healthy stuff you eat you should heal quickly :-)
    Arnica ahould really help your knee and alternate heat and ice packs will too…
    I pulled a calf muscle last summer when my horse knocked me over and it was horrible! Could hardly walk for a good week and couldn’t do any proper exercise for weeks… not good. I hope yours heals much more wuickly :-)

  22. … and wuickly wasn’t a typo; ot means even quicker than quickly :-)

  23. “Ot” instead of “it” is, however, a rubbish typo. I’m reading this comment back twice!

  24. Sorry about your fall! I hope it heals quickly. I don’t take pain pills like Advil or anything (luckily I never really need them). I feel like they’re not natural and it’s easy to become reliant on them.

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  26. Oh no!!! You poor thing :( I hope you’re right-handed since that seems to be the hand that got hit harder! Hope it doesn’t hurt to type … I’d be lost without your posts! Love them so much! :)

    I’ll say some prayers that you heal up super soon.

  27. Hahahah – have i ever had a sports-related injury?!? Um, yes. And always get them in a totally lame embarrassing way too. So sorry about your fall – that looks like a really bad one! I hope you won’t have any lasting damage from it! (Unlike that 70-yr-old woman swigging vodka…)

  28. so sorry you got injured! I”m a total klutz and I burn myself, bag myself, etc frequently. arnica does help for bruises. too bad the pain meds make you worse, that’s no fun. but ice can do wonders and it’s allergy-free.

  29. I am so so sorry. Falling is the WORST! The last time I remember falling was a long time ago, though I am so clutsy that I am sure there is a more recent time that I am forgetting. But this one stung: I live in NYC and don’t drive, so shopping trips to the store require lots of lugging. So, I gave in and bought one of those carts – the ones old ladies push around, and homeless people and stuff. I was breaking in my new “wheels” and on the way home, as I was crossing the street with a giant cart full of groceries, the wheels hit a bump and I literally went FLYING over the cart and landed HARD. I picked myself (and my stuff up) and walked home in agony. The minute I walked in the door I started bawling. There is just something about falling that makes you want to cry.

  30. So sorry about the fall Averie – your knee looked pretty bad. Hope you got some ice on it. I’m thinking about you over here in Nashville and hope you’re feeling better today. Take some hot baths this week after all the inflammation has gone down – it will help speed up the muscle healing.

    I have busted on my palms before like that – it was back in my running days, and I did it twice in a month. Could not work (massage therapy) for about 8 weeks and still have scars. It wasn’t fun. Again, I’m so sorry. I hope you ate both the raw chocolate and the chocolate covered Oreos. :)

  31. Oh NOOO. You poor thing. My sister in law is an avid runner, and she has a tendency to trip. She fell hard one time and had similar injuries. Very scraped up, bruised, especially her hands, and she hit her lip. It was awful. I am so sorry and hope you feel better soon.

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  33. Oooh I so sorry to hear that you fell! I actually fell really bad a few weeks ago from tripping on the tennis court. My knee was completely skinned (it was a pain to take a shower!) and my palms got all weird and purple. It happens to all of us at some point or another! Yes, I take pain killers and such but not very often; usually just for really bad head aches because I’m afraid I’ll throw up from a bad migraine. Personally I don’t like april fools’ jokes; I always feel bad for the person on the receiving end unless it’s funny and harmless like putting raw pasta in the toe of someone’s shoe (it happened to my teacher haha)

  34. I’m sorry.

  35. Hope you are healing and have some extra resting time available to you. If you have any fresh Aloe in the house (or in the neighbourhood) that is great for healing wounds.

  36. Oh my gosh I hope you feel better! That does not look like fun! Please get some rest!

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  40. OH AVERIE!
    I am so sorry, oh my gosh your knee is so swollen!

    take care lady! and no pain meds to boot. You’re an animal!

    the second I am in pain I get sick to my stomach and I hate that so when I get to that point (and I am stubborn to a point) I go and find the tylenol.

    It’s hardest when I have a killer headache and have to be at work.
    take care

    ps your blog changes are SO helpful for leaving comment.


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  43. I hope you are feeling better! I am a sports related clutz too! As of late I’ve had a dislocated rib and a mild concussion….both from crossfit related activities!

    In the past there may of be an incident where I jumped off a road bike in the hills of Sausolito rather than fly off a cliff into the ocean (I wasn’t actually going into the ocean, but I was visualizing that in my head. Note to self. do not take first time riders up into steep hills!) and of course my many running related injuries!

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  47. I know this a comment on an old post, but I want to commiserate. I fell yesterday, take out te comment about the lady with the vodka and almost all else is the same. My left hand matches your photo. I SO didn’t remember road rash hurting this ad as a child. Hoping you are 100% now and that I will be soon. Comically, as I told my aster about the event she said “OMG, I know exactly where you fell. I was at that store Sunday (day before I fell) and the edges if the sidewalk were all painted neon orange. Likely due to be replaced because they are a trip hazard”. Groan. Apparently I’m blind and clutzy.

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