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Accident number 2 for 2009

I went out walking with a light jog this evening. I'm determined to get my 10,000 steps/day in. I went out late and I've started to realize why joggers tend to jog in the road instead of the sidewalk. It's because the sidewalks in our neighborhood and shadowed by streetlights in the trees and most of them are uneven! I swear, Durham, if you're going to make sidewalks, make them and maintain them. A sidewalk is rather useless to many people if they're broken and uneven (and unlit).

I tried to save it with some big steps and stop myself, but eventually I plummeted into the concrete--BAM! Deep scrape on my left palm and below my left knee. I was a little bloody by the time I got home, but I still go my workout in. It stings pretty bad though.

How many more screw-ups like this am I going to have this year?

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erstexman
Oct. 15th, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
That is typical. In Dallas, there are many areas where there are no sidewalks at all. If the city puts them in, the homeowner is responsible for their upkeep. So many areas opt out of them, and those that do, you never know what you will see...
snowboardjoe
Oct. 15th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
Wow, the homeowner must maintain them? I've never heard of that. Here they are supposed to be maintained by the city. Homeowners are responsible for keeping the sidewalks clear though (including parked cars in the driveway).
erstexman
Oct. 26th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
Well, here, sidewalks wind up being maintained more by neighborhood associations. Annual dues to the association pay for the maintenance. However in poorer parts of the city where there are no such organizations, there are often no sidewalks at all. Add to that the fact that often there are more upper-income areas very close to lower-income ones, and it gets to be a bit piecemeal.

Here in white bread suburbia (or in the case of Cedar Hill, multi-grain brown bread), the town does the sidewalks I am pretty sure. I would have to ask the roommie sparkygearhead to be sure of that.
sibertater
Oct. 15th, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
Poor pookie. You need some Bactine and a hug.
snowboardjoe
Oct. 15th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
No Bactine here. Bandages, Neosporin and other special coverings for fast, scar-free healing. No hugs last night though--that would have been nice to have a handsome man come to my rescue. :)
sibertater
Oct. 16th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
If I see any handsome men I'll send them right along.
book_of_daniel
Oct. 15th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
I made a very infamous attempt at running a few years ago. On my first attempt I was doing rather well for a fat boy when a big section of uneven concrete sent me face first down and scraped my legs and arms so badly I could barely walk for three weeks. People at work still talk about it because I went into the office the next day with guaze wrapped knees and elbows that looked like bloody football pads. I was a freaking mess.

I never tried it again and just got fatter. :-)
snowboardjoe
Oct. 15th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
I realize stuff like this happens (well, not to your extent) and I just need to get past it. I can still walk and hope to keep doing that at a minimum. It's just too many things happening at once for me.
kauko
Oct. 15th, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
It drives me crazy when I see people walking/ running/ jogging on the road when there's a sidewalk there. I honestly think people who do that in the road when there is a sidewalk available should have no legal rights if they get hit by a car. I have even seen women pushing strollers with babies doing that and that really pissed me off. Even worse, the sidewalks in my neighborhood are completely flat and fine for walking.
snowboardjoe
Oct. 15th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
Well, like I said earlier, if you can't see the sidewalk under the trees (as they're hidden from the streetlights) and the sidewalk is not even, it's a recipe for disaster. Walking I can get by, but not jogging/running unless it's easy to spot the obstacles.

When I do walk/job in the road I always go against traffic and i usually (if there's space) will get off the road when a car approaches. If at night I will wear something reflective--that's my responsibility.

I do not get people who still walk/jog WITH traffic. That's just stoopid and dangerous. Did they not learn that in elementary school? A baby stroller in the road I've not seen. That definitely takes it up several notches on the profoundly stupid gauge.
kauko
Oct. 15th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
It may be safer in your neighborhood, but it just blows my mind in my neighborhood with are fairly new sidewalks with no cracks. Its a fairly busy neighborhood always a car coming by, and the people I see doing it are always out walking/ jogging etc when there is still plenty of daylight, so there are no sight issues on the sidewalk. most of these people are not going against traffic and they make no effort to get off the road when a car is coming. So, you can see why it drives me crazy :)
mat_t
Oct. 15th, 2009 05:29 am (UTC)
D'oh! I feel for you Joe...about a month ago I took an almost faceplant myself. The nasty scrape on my knee is still only about 90% healed. *big hugs*
snowboardjoe
Oct. 15th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
I really liked that cellulose stuff on my elbow for that big and deep scrape. That really accelerated the healing and today you can barely tell I had any injury there. Well, that and New Skin seem to work great. I just want the pain to subside. Showers are particularly painful and tricky right now.

How did you come about your injury? I forgot.
mat_t
Oct. 15th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
I mentioned it on FB, but never got around to posting about it on here I don't think. I was walking along on the sidewalk and managed to trip over nothing. Graceful, that's me. Took a dive forward and managed to rip my jeans open and give myself a really nasty scrapped knee (across the bottom of the kneecap and below). It was really fun to walk for a while...
geometrician
Oct. 15th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
Sweetie, it's the price of being active. That, and being a klutz (:o) kiss!).

Scrub the abrasions and leave them open to air, and they will heal more quickly. Yay! Road rash!
snowboardjoe
Oct. 15th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
The price of being active is cheaper than the price of being lazy and lethargic. Huge changes happen in my body between being lazy and active. When I'm not doing anything for a few weeks I get constant little aches and pains.

I just need to get past all of these recent injuries on top of each other. The good news is that the right shoulder i referred to in my earlier post is getting better.
stereobare
Oct. 15th, 2009 08:02 am (UTC)
OUCH!

Sounds like jogging on the street, might be safer then the sidewalk.

Hope boo-boo's heals quickly
snowboardjoe
Oct. 15th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
The boo-boo's still sting a bit (occasionally you get that little tingle in one of them that sets it on fire for a few seconds at random), but I think they'll heal quickly. Keeping them protected and will use New Skin to eliminate the scarring.
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snowboardjoe
Oct. 15th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
I went pretty late last night, so it was quiet. On the way back I was pretty much sticking to the road, but I still get off the road when a car approaches (and I always face traffic). I've learned my lesson now. I'm sure I could job the sidewalks during the day, but sunlight is getting pretty limited nowadays.
paterson_si
Oct. 15th, 2009 11:39 am (UTC)
Three is a nice number, but I really hope that's it.

And we have nice, wide sidewalks in Ljubljana, right? :)
snowboardjoe
Oct. 15th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
2 is enough, thankyouverymuch.
paterson_si
Oct. 16th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
I bet. :)
dan4behr
Oct. 15th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
I've noticed places where tree roots buckle the sidewalks. Is this what happened to you?
Speaking of the 10K steps, I once got a pedometer (from McDonald's of all places where they were promoting salads...) and I really was surprised at how much diligence it took to get to 10K. I thought it wouldn't be much of a problem, but you really have to work hard to try to attain anywhere near that number.
snowboardjoe
Oct. 15th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Yep, lots of buckling sidewalks. Some of them have as much as a 3" lip to them. I'm finding it easier to manage 10K steps/day. It helps to really break it up and find new ways of getting your steps in throughout the day.
spatts5
Oct. 15th, 2009 12:08 pm (UTC)
See?! That's why I don't exercise! You need to stay home on the couch where it's safe.
snowboardjoe
Oct. 15th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've done that and I hated it. I was tried of putting on weight, having to buy new jeans because my size increased, etc. I also have pain in my neck and back when I don't exercise for several weeks. I used to get pain in my left knee and assumed I could never run. Now I'm finding out it's because I never let it get used to regular exercise and I'm pain free there (well, except for the new scrape wound).
sctmpls
Oct. 15th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
You will be happy to know that Minneapolis just replaced all the cracked and uneven sidewalks in my neighborhood. My property taxes were assessed $550 for replacing the uneven sidewalk in front of my house. It's now very safe for joggers :-).

Feel better and take care of yourself.
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