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A celebration of our own stupidity

by kirsty
Friday 3rd July 2015

Kirsty Reade takes a look at the funny side of 'running' injuries

Runners are unfortunately pretty well acquainted with injury. The ITB issues, the tight hamstring, the grumbling achilles, we’re all too familiar with this stuff. It stops us doing the thing we love and it makes us miserable. However, the ways in which we injure ourselves are often pretty funny so we thought we could have a celebration of our own stupidity to cheer up any injured runners out there.

I’ll kick this off. Back in May I was running the South Downs Way 50 and I’d had a bit of a sore back but it was on the mend and fine to run. Or it was fine until I bent down to give my dog a kiss goodbye just before the start and it just went ‘twang’. There followed 9 hours of very uncomfortable running but the pain of knowing what an absolute donut I’d been was much worse. Coincidentally, one of the people I was running with that day was running with a really sore sole of his foot. Plantar fasciitis? No, he trod on a plug when he was decorating. You see? Running injury caused by everyday stupidity is widespread.

I have to admit that this wasn’t my first dog-related injury. I was out running a couple of years ago and a dog ran up behind me, taking out my feet. An unfortunate landing on a flinty path led to a trip to hospital and stitches, but only after I’d bent down and told the dog that it wasn’t his fault and he bit me on the face. Running lay off: 4 weeks, stupidity rating: 6/10.

For a full-on 10/10 stupid running injury I give you a lovely chap I met doing the Marlborough Downs 33 this year. He was just coming back from an ankle tendon injury which sounded pretty nasty. I asked him how he’d done it, expecting him to say that he’d turned it on a hilly descent, but no, this injury was caused by some particularly thick woollen socks. Back in the winter he was wearing said socks and went to bed feeling really ‘tired’ (I interpreted this as drunk). To save time he tried to pull his trousers and socks off together and quite a tussle ensued, resulting in one sock twisting his ankle in a direction they’re not designed for. Ouch. 

The world of sport is filled with stories of freak injuries and for some reason most of them involve footballers. Possibly the most famous is the foot injury sustained by Dave Beasant (ex-England goalkeeper) when he dropped a bottle of salad cream and instinctively tried to catch it with his foot, but I also like the David James story about putting his back out reaching for the remote control.
I am pretty certain that most runners have a few stupid running injury skeletons in their closet.

Here are some gems from the Run247 team:

Britta Sendlhofer, editor

Three instances sprang instantly to Britta’s mind (which makes me think there are quite a few more). Firstly, falling over in spectacular fashion 5 times in a row on a fairly flat muddy section of a ‘harmless’, short training run (Britta describes this as her ‘Bambi on Ice’ moment). Secondly, right at the end of a run, a steep downhill got the better of Britta and a hand/rock argument ended up in A&E and a plaster cast. A pretty legitimate running injury right?

Where’s the comedy in that? Well the comedy comes from the fact that this happened right in the midst of her Bob Graham Round training, so long days out in the hills were then spent with a bright yellow rubber glove on, to keep the cast dry! Lastly (and my personal favourite) was Britta’s run with an Olympian, which ended with her tripping over her dog’s lead and a spectacular rendezvous with the pavement.

We would like to invite you to share your stories of 'running injuries' that weren't strictly caused by running! Comment below, or send an email to editor@run247.com


About The Author

Kirsty Reade

I’d describe myself as borderline obsessed with running, racing, reading about running, and watching others run so hopefully I’m fairly typical of Run247’s visitors. I tend to do longer races, particularly off-road marathons and ultras, but am pretty much a fan of any distance. I'm passionate about helping runners of all levels to improve through running communities I'm involved in, such as Underground Ultra and Free Range Runners. 


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