bumps, bruises, blood, burns, and broken bones
Last year on Easter, I went longboarding. It was a holiday so I was going to celebrate exactly the way I wanted! Eating candy and longboarding. Well, I had been boarding a lot back at this time and I was getting pretty comfortable and daring with hills and such. I was soon to find out that that’s not really something that an accident prone person should really be doing.
Well there I was, in my black Easter dress (?) and Vans, riding around a neighborhood I had never been in before. I came rolling around a corner and there was big hill. I started thinking that I might not be able to make it and that the speed wobbles were going to outdo me. So, like I was used to doing, I jumped off. What a mistake.
And mad he was. I had ruined yet another Easter.
And then it started hurting. Let me tell you folks, road rash is one of the most annoyingly painful thing that can happen to you. It hurts all the time. Even when you’re just sitting around. And don’t even think about showering. That water stings more than anything. My wounds were equivalent to a second degree burn. I had removed the entire top layer of skin off of my elbow and hip. Fun fun fun.
If it looks like it hurts, it definitely did.
In the middle of my senior year of track as a distance runner, I was unable to run. In the middle of the college selection process, I was unable to visit schools without being in pain the whole time.
But you know what? I didn’t have a choice. I just had to suck it up, be a woman, have a sense of humor about it, and keep on moving. I focused on taking care of myself – changing my wound coverings, getting sleep, eating well – and watched my healing process. After about three weeks, I was able to return to running and walking without pain.
I wouldn’t do it all over again. I’m dreading what injury 2016 will bring me. But learning is an awesome part of life. After this inujry, I never took running for granted. I have a greater appreciation for moving without pain. I am grateful that I don’t live with chronic pain.