This excerpt is from the "Runners' Knees Lesson."
"Things were going well until I decided to dodge an oncoming car. I was certain it was headed straight for me. That is when I located a chunk of missing pavement with my left foot. I rolled my ankle and went down fast, landing hard on my right knee. I did a quick assessment for possible injuries. The ankle was sore, but strong. My knee, however, didn’t fare as well. I left a bit of it on the road along with a part of my running tights.
Three days later I was running the same route in the daylight with some middle school cross country runners. Things were going well until one little guy decided to trip on the edge of the pavement. He went down fast, landing hard on his right knee. He also left a bit of flesh on the road! I convinced him to walk for a bit. He eventually began a slow jog and then finished the run! We took a photo of our matching runners’ knees and developed mutual respect for one another. It was a bonding experience!
What did I learn from the Runners’ Knees Lesson?
Do you have a friendship that was forged through a shared experience? I would love to hear about it.
Watch for The Hard Run: Painful Lessons from a Running Granny due for release in January 2015.