Sunday, September 21, 2008

18 miles...and a faceplant

Amanda (roomie) and I went for an 18 miler yesterday. We used her Nike+ system and we think it was a little off as it said we only ran 16.8 when we came in but that had to be wrong. We ran around Lake Calhoun as the sun was setting and it was beautiful. My knee didn't bug me too badly until the last few miles whenever we stopped and started again. I was starting to really lose energy towards the end and was starting to feel kind of sick.

We were on our last when it happened. My foot somehow hit one of the cracks in the sidewalk. I was too tired to think about what I should do. I knew I was going to go down but I couldn't even think about how to land. I think I may have put my arms out. Both of my arms hit the ground and my head hit lightly too. My neck hurt, my left knee was scraped up and my hands stung. I sat there for a little while before getting up. I had to make Amanda walk for awhile after that because it hurt too bad to start running again. But it hurt really bad to walk too. After about 1/4 of a mile, I decided I needed to run because it hurt way too bad to walk. We ran and eventually my knee felt better.

When we returned, I felt pretty sick to my stomach. I tried to force some water down thinking I was dehydrated but I'm not real sure what was going on. I got light headed every time I stood up. Anyways, a lot better today. I'll blog more later when I have time...more about the thoughts that were going through my head as I ran..."Why the heck did I sign up for a marathon?!!"


SueBob said...

OMG! Glad to hear you are feeling better today! Is that the same knee that you are having issues with?

Running Knitter said...

Yikes! Glad to hear you're feeling a little better.

chris said...

Holy crap! (I can't think of anything else to say)

Rachel said...

Thanks for the support. And yes, same knee I have been having issues with. However, I managed to land on the left knee when I fell, which would be the knee that doesn't hurt when I run...LOL

EmLit said...

Yikes! I hope you're feeling a lot better today, sounds like a fall like that during a long run is no good.

As for your doubts, just keep in mind that 18 miles aren't really meant to feel that good, that's why you don't run that distance too often when you are training!