I was getting my staycation off to a great start. I slept until almost 6, took my dog out for a walk, and then headed out for a hilly run. I was enjoying the lovely weather (60s!), keeping an easy but steady pace, and noticing how I was not noticing my ITB.
Shortly after I hit mile 4, I rounded a corner, took a swig from my water bottle to prepare for the next hill, and was taken out by an oddly placed speed bump.
I landed on my back and watched as my water bottle rolled into the gutter, never to be seen again. I was right in front of a bus stop, and the woman waiting there made sure I was OK, and gave me a towellette from her purse. I remembered to pause my Garmin, wiped off the blood that was dripping down my arm, made sure I didn’t have any other injuries, and decided to run the rest of the way home–about 2 miles.
A bit of blood on my Garmin–it rinsed off!
Hmm. I think there’s some of my elbow back on that speed bump.
My last mile must have been fueled by adrenaline, because it was much faster than the others even though it included three big hills. For the whole route, my average pace was exactly a 10 minute mile.
My elbow still aches, but I am still really happy that I was able to conquer those hills without a peep from my ITB! I know my elbow will heal over time, but I’ve wondered if my ITB would ever get better.
Have you had a road rash running injury?
How long did it take to heal?