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Blood and the Trail Runner

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You aren’t a real trail runner until you’ve taken a spill that draws blood.  I had a doozy today at mile 4.

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I was on a stretch of trail that I’ve run hundreds of times.  I was humming Across the Universe (Amy and I watched the movie last night – five stars) and thinking about whether Google AppEngine is the reinvention of the 4GL.  I was jolted back to the present moment when I realized I had caught my toe and was now flying through the air.

I’ve gotten pretty good at falling on trails (an important skill if you are me) and usually manage not to hurt myself.  My method is to fall on my side leading with my shoulder.  It’s inevitable that I am going to land on some sharp rocks – I want as much surface area to absorb the fall but stay off my front and my knees (too many dangerous things to hurt there).  Shoulder hits, hands hit, then knee hits, then everything else hits.  I then roll on my back and look up at the sky for a minute while my heart rate comes down from 195 back to something manageable.

I picked myself and finished my run.  I decided to cut it from 14 to 10 since I knew my knee would get stiff at some point.  The picture above is after six more miles (yes – the cut is deep enough that it is still bleeding.)  Other than being a little sore, my knee is fine.  I’ve got an equally nasty cut on the palm of my right hand which is going to slow down my tennis game for a couple of days – fortunately I didn’t have any tennis plans this week.

  • George Zack

    Brad – I often wear bike gloves on the trails, even on hot days, just to protect the hands.

    GZ

  • http://www.coloradostartups.com David G. Cohen

    it's awesome how you have a plan for your falls. knowing you, this of course makes perfect sense to me.

  • http://thingamy.typepad.com/ sig

    Nice one (if one may say such)!
    Did my first orienteering race here in South of France in shorts, no gaiters, left a nice bloody trail and still have criss-crossed white lines all over – seems I did not know about the nice thorny and stubborn undergrowth of the southern climes :)
    Now I have gaiters and more…

  • http://www.adaptiveblue.com Alex

    Wow. Thanks for raising the bar for me daily, man. Seriously, this is rockstar type of stuff!

  • http://www.shobefamily.com/matt Matt Shobe

    Talk about wicking; that blood simply ceases to exist when it reaches those socks. Fox River?

  • C.S.

    Oh hell, ouch. Yeah, that's why I started shaving my legs below the knee. Hair in the scab is a major b****. You're going to have a nice one!

  • Chip Schooler

    As we say in horsback riding…its a long way from the heart – no problem

  • Aziz Grieser

    I kinda like a good bloody scrape/cut, long as it's not close to a serious injury. It's kinda sick. Well, that's before I hit the shower and the water first hits the cut. “MEDIC!”

  • http://andrewhyde.net Andrew Hyde

    I used to have a running group that would gauge falls by if the blood reached the sock.

    As it looks, you would have earned a 6 pack.

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Sweet. I’ll split one with you the next time we get together.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/george_zac12891 george_zac12891

    Brad – I often wear bike gloves on the trails, even on hot days, just to protect the hands.

    GZ

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/dgcohen dgcohen

    it's awesome how you have a plan for your falls. knowing you, this of course makes perfect sense to me.

  • sig

    Nice one (if one may say such)!
    Did my first orienteering race here in South of France in shorts, no gaiters, left a nice bloody trail and still have criss-crossed white lines all over – seems I did not know about the nice thorny and stubborn undergrowth of the southern climes :)
    Now I have gaiters and more…

  • Matt Shobe

    Talk about wicking; that blood simply ceases to exist when it reaches those socks. Fox River?

  • Alex

    Wow. Thanks for raising the bar for me daily, man. Seriously, this is rockstar type of stuff!

  • Chip Schooler

    As we say in horsback riding…its a long way from the heart – no problem

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/caleb_steph8092 caleb_steph8092

    Oh hell, ouch. Yeah, that's why I started shaving my legs below the knee. Hair in the scab is a major b****. You're going to have a nice one!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/aziz_griese5636 aziz_griese5636

    I kinda like a good bloody scrape/cut, long as it's not close to a serious injury. It's kinda sick. Well, that's before I hit the shower and the water first hits the cut. "MEDIC!"

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/andrew_hyde651 andrew_hyde651

    I used to have a running group that would gauge falls by if the blood reached the sock.

    As it looks, you would have earned a 6 pack.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    Sweet. I’ll split one with you the next time we get together.

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