It was just after the 7K marker that I found myself flying through the air. Well, not so much flying as flapping my arms frantically while trying desperately to stay upright.

But nope, it wasn't going to happen. Staying upright, that is. I hit the hard road hard, pain shooting across my palm, along my knee and down my elbow, in that nono-second order. It wasn't the pain, though, that was hurting my brain, but the thought that bang (literally) goes my chance of finishing the Worthing 10K in anything like a decent time.

A first aid steward was at my (bleeding) elbow instantly along with the three runners who were immediately behind me. The latters' concern, though, I imagine was less for my welfare and more for their own finishing times being affected by a prone woman blocking their way on the road.

In my head, the referee was counting me down - and nearly out. But like Rocky I staggered to my knees and then stood up blood pouring from my knee and down my arm but determined to keep going, leaving a rather disappointed first aider seeing his hope for some bandaging practise limp off into the distance.  

I finished in 58.07 according to my Suunto but  57.40 moving time. So taking off 27 seconds for the fall and two minutes to stop limping and recover pace and it would have been 55.13, not a PB but not bad for my over 60s age group!

The irony is that I've been running up and down trails in the mountains for the past month since the ski season ended and not so much as stubbed a toe on a tuft of grass. But I learnt from a very young age riding ponies to get up and back in the saddle as quickly as possible. It's a good life lesson, too. Like the song says: 'I get knocked down. But I get up again. You're never going to keep me down.'

Or in other words just 'chuck it in the fuck it bucket' and move (or run) on.

Meanwhile Siggy is still recovering from her IT band strain after the Brighton Marathon in April and is doing strenghtening exercises and Hot Pod yoga rather than running at the moment. She's available for Sports and Body Massage in Worthing. Click here for details on her Sports and Body Massage website.


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