So I Took a Huge Digger (fall) this Weekend…

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I almost didn’t post this but it was too humorous not to. Sean finally broke down and bought running shoes – thank god, because he now has no excuse not to run with me!

He wanted to break in his new shoes, so we went for a quick and dirty 3 mile trail run outside of Boulder, CO – on an offshoot of the Marshall Mesa web of trails. I love this run, because you can see the beautiful Boulder Flatirons on the back side. It’s also a pretty good beginner mountain bike ride if you are into that.

The Boulder Flatirons from the trail!

Not sure about you runners out there, but my mind wanders and I quickly get into a zone – seems to make the runs go by much quicker. The trail is pretty tame, except for one small, rocky hill.

About the time we summit-ed said hill, I was thinking about my long time blogging friend over at the Purple Pumpernickel! She recently posted something about baking bread – the recipe looked super simple so I was thinking about how and when I could actually give it a go.

Just as that thought crossed my mind, my big, left foot clipped a rock and I went flying into the air. Next thing I knew, I landed on my hip and forearm and slid at least 3 feet over a bunch of rocks and gravel – picture a 5’10” woman pushing 160 lbs (that does NOT equal petite) taking a digger (fall – not an Aussie soldier!). Like a middle aged woman sliding into home plate head first!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

According to Sean it was in slow motion – I don’t know how he didn’t break down in giggles. Maybe he did, but he was polite enough not to do it in front of me! The sound that came from my mouth could never be re-created if I tried!

He grabbed my phone which also went flying, I refastened my watch, stood up and said, “Nothing to see here!” and we finished the last 2.5 miles of the run.

Good news is, nothing but my ego was broken and Sean’s shoes are ready for prime time!!

“There is no shame in falling down but there is pride in getting back up.”

~Lilly Singh~

…i choose this…




  1. I’m not laughing, and I’m sorry you fell because that sucks (the whole splat is just so enraging even if you don’t get hurt), but I’m very happy to learn this new vocabulary word! I will never say “fall” again – “digger” it is!

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  2. These things are funny only in hindsight. In the moment they are mortifying. The fortunate thing is that you weren’t seriously hurt!!

    I’ve had my fair share of falls – usually because I’ve gone ‘into the zone’. I’ve discovered that it’s a hazardous thing to do on trails. One time while winter hiking I did a full face plant into the snow because I had zoned out and tripped over my own feet. My hiking partner, Helen, was struggling not to burst into laughter while making soothing noises about whether or not I was ok. I had a face full of snow and snow up my nose, but otherwise, like you, only my pride was damaged!

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    1. You are right! Maybe zoning out on a trail isnโ€™t the best thing! I can totally picture you with snow up your nose. ๐Ÿ˜‚. She was a good friend not to laugh….I probably would have been rolling! Yes, glad no broken bones – no broken bones over 50 is my mantra. You were/are a big runner right?

      The only other time I have fallen like that, my left running shoe got caught in my right shoelace, that was a face plant on the road in the middle of a 10 k. I could hear the people behind me gasp! They whisked me out of the way in seconds. I didnโ€™t finish that one to say the least. It happened so fast, I didnโ€™t use my hands to brace the fall, which was probably a good thing, broken wrist for sure.


      1. omg! A face plant on the road in the middle of a race!! I’m hoping you weren’t badly hurt?

        I’ve already broken the no-broken-bones-after-50 rule. Cycling accident. Broken collarbone. Sadly bones take longer to heal when we’re older ๐Ÿ˜•
        I’ve had so many cycling accidents over the years, it’s actually a miracle that this was the only serious injury I’ve had.

        I used to be a big runner but I’ve been sidelined for about 4 years now. I have feet problems that I can no longer ignore.
        I do really miss running though and earlier this year I started having issues just walking. Not a good trend!

        So I started seeing a podiatrist a few months ago looking for a workable solution. So far, no success but I’m back to see him next week. I’m trying to remain optimistic. This has now become a serious lifestyle issue.

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        1. Oh noooo! Iโ€™m sorry to hear this. Itโ€™s tough for active people to have feet issues. Fingers crossed the appointment goes ok. Stay optimistic! Can it be fixed with surgery?

          I have plantar F. That I have to keep at bay with stretching, I found a great tool to help with that.

          A broken collarbone – ugh!! Yeah, the healing process is what I would worry about!! I cycle too, but no major injuries to date….except I did break a rib mountain biking. It was so dumb, I got scared turning a corner and literally tipped over going 1 MPH…Boney elbow dug into my rib cage.

          All of these injuries and experiences just mean we have lived full lives, and for that Iโ€™m grateful!!! Hang in there lady. Iโ€™ll be thinking about your appointment!


          1. I have flat feet and a lifetime of activity – including running and hiking – on flat feet have taken their toll.
            I’m being fitted for an entirely different kind of orthotic which we’re hoping will solve the problem. I’m cautiously optimistic. Anything to make the pain go away. I’m starting to limp which is a very bad sign.

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            1. It feels like orthotics could do the trick for you. Though I have heard stories that it takes a while to find the right one. Never give up on finding the fix for yourself!!

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  3. Ouch! But how nice that you have a new running partner. I had to give up trail running a few years ago due to injury, and wasn’t too terribly sad about it simply because running near where I live is through green tree tunnels, so a bit monotonous. Your views have me longing to get back on the trail though!

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    1. Oh man, you are the second person to mention an injury. I hate that! Trail running is by far more interesting, but I have to pay better attention when doing so, like remember to LIFT my foot off the ground. Haha.

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  4. Oh my Pam! I feel alarmed & empathic & warmed & inspired as I read this post.

    Alarm for the spectacular acrobatics you engaged in. Empathy for the zen zone you were in, making you oblivious to your surroundings. Heart-warmed to know you were thinking of me & my bread. Inspired yet again by your reflexive ability to get up & keep running!

    And Sean is a champion! We need more cheerleaders like him!

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    1. You are such a sweetheart – and so grateful we connected years ago! Yes, Sean is wonderful – I think I’ll keep him for sure.

      I thought you might get a kick out of the fact I was thinking about your bread – it was a total happy/zen moment.

      As far as getting up, I didnt break a bone or crack a skull so a little sting was not too bad. I did get a massage tonight to work out some back kinks – almost back to normal (whatever that is).

      Have a wonderful week my friend!


  5. Oh yes, been there and done that. My favourite (yes, there are multiple) was a 50-foot slide down a very muddy embankment. The back of me, heel to head, was covered in mud. The first thing I did was get up and check nobody witnessed my (un)gracious fall.

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    1. Good lord!! Glad you didnโ€™t break anything!!!! Some things should be captured on film ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ . The only other time this has happened to me was during a 10k organized run…my left foot got caught in the right shoelace and I fell literally flat on my face. I heard the loads of ppl behind me gasp. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚


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