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How To Get Up

Man did I fall.  Not the kind of fall that you sort of break into a little jog, look back and think Gee I hope nobody saw that.  Yeah not that kind.  The fall-so-hard-it-immediately-brings-tears-to-your-eyes kind of fall.  The unexpected kind.

One second I’m running through my town, enjoying a nice fall morning.  Air is cool.  Trees are beautiful.  iPod on.  Feeling good.  The next second I’m writhing in pain on the sidewalk.  No time to look back.  No time to wonder if anyone saw me.  I basically ate the sidewalk for breakfast.

The first thing to smack the concrete was my right knee.  Quickly followed by my left knee.  Then my right hand.  Smashing the sidewalk from 5’7″ above.  Ouch is really an understatement!

Knees were immediately swollen.  Looked like two golf balls were under my skin.  Immediately swollen and painful.  Ugh!

You know when pro athletes get hurt on the field?  Trainers come.  They don’t get up.  Crowd anticipation mounts.  All of a sudden, they get helped to their feet.  The crowd goes wild as they jog off the field.  What a showing of courage and strength.  They got knocked down and jogged off the field!

Well, I got up and did my best to jog off towards my house.

Courage.  Strength.  I can do this I was telling myself.

Yeah that didn’t work.  I walked the mile home.  Not too much pressure on my right leg.  I could put slightly more on my left.  Got home.  Called my wife.

No crowds cheering with my show of courage.  Just me gimping around the house.  Now late for work!

That was the week before last.

I rested a few days.  Knees hurt just getting me through my day.  Sitting.  Standing.  Getting from sitting to standing.  They just throbbed.

Ugh.  I fell.  Stupid sidewalk.  Stupid fall.

Now last week.

I headed out for my first run after the fall.  Knees still a bit sore, but after a week of resting I was going nuts.  Headed out for my normal before work run.  Same shoes.  Same running shorts and T shirt.  Same hat.  Same iPod playing the same podcasts.

One major difference: I was terrified!

Completely and honestly terrified.  I fell so hard, and the pain was so bad, that I became AFRAID to get back out there!

I made it about 2 miles before I saw my Wife on her way to get her morning coffee.

She slowed down “Hon, you ok?”

No, no I’m not.

“Want me to take you home?”

Yeah, sure.  Please take me home.

For the second time in my life (first time from heat exhaustion) I quit my run/walk halfway into it and got a ride home.

I had really become freaked out after my fall.

What if I don’t see the crack?  What if I fall again?  What if don’t see the crack, fall again, and land on my knees again?


This morning.

I headed out for my first run after the wife-picking-me-up incident.  Knees feeling better for the most part.  After almost 2 weeks of resting I was going crazy!  Headed out for my normal before work run.  Same shoes.  Same running shorts and T shirt.  Same hat.  Same iPod playing the same podcasts.

One major difference: A favorite quote running through my head.

“Some day I will not be able to do this.  Today is NOT that day!”


Did you ever have a bad workout?  Left not feeling so good.  Disappointed even.  Eh, I’ll just take some time off.

Get back up.

Ever go for a walk and not be able to get as far as you wanted?  Why bother.  I didn’t get that far.  Not doing that again any time soon.

Get back up.

New to exercising?  Tougher than you thought.  Lungs hurt.  Legs hurt.  This can’t be doing anything.

Get up and stay up.

You know why?

Because moving is moving.  One foot is better than not at all.  10 minutes is better than no minutes.

You know why?

Because you’ll feel better when you’re done.  You’ll be proud of yourself that you got back up.

You know why?

Because some day you will not be able to do this.  And today is DEFINITELY not that day!


One comment on “How To Get Up

  1. Judy Schetler
    November 2, 2015

    Great post, April!

    Liked by 1 person

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