When I started my second running hobby in 1999, I went from then until 2010 with only one fall. This year I've had 4 falls, including two in a 14 mile training run this past Saturday. Scraped knees and an arm that is smarting but to the best I can tell, not broken - no bruises, swelling and it's operable.
And it's not even on rough sidewalk I'm falling. So, could shoes be the problem? I just switched from Mizuno's to Asics this year. Is my water belt making me unbalanced? I haven't fallen in any races where I'm running in the street and don't need a water belt. Or am I just clutsy and maybe it's time to spend more time on a treadmill and do weights rather than running so much?
I have thought about getting some knee pads and running in basketball shorts for a little added protection. Failing that, maybe one of those NASA space suits?!
"Blessed be the man who expects nothing, for he shall receive a kick in the pants". Lee Sterne
Do we need to ask what's IN the fuel belt bottles??
eta: Are you saying the 30 something kiddos don't fall down or they would laugh at you?
I also find that a new style of shoe can affect me. I havent fallen except for 2 sidewalk cracks though. I went back and forth between the Asics Foundation & GT21## models. The Foundation is a slightly wider and heavier shoe. But usually I adapt quickly
GaReb.......I"m jointly blessed in that I run trails, and I'm quite clumsy, which means I get to fall a lot.........it just takes practice, and you will improve in both your form, and style.....good luck
Ditto for me, trails and being a klutz don't mix well.
I've improved my odds greatly by regularly doing balance exercises. Try standing on one foot (no shoes) and toss a medicine ball from hand to hand. When you get good at that, try closing your eyes or standing on one foot on a bosu ball. Great for both the balance and the ankle strength.
..ok, since you 'fessed up about asking us Old Guys//............are you leaning too far off center when you run??
when I trail run (ran)
I kept a straight up body position and a low hand carry for better balance
.....nothing takes the place of persistence.....