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<div style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;">I felt myself losing my footing and tried to roll so I'd land on my side instead of my face (I'd rather break a shoulder than a neck) and while I wouldn't have been too happy I was doing all right until my head got stopped by a tree stump.</div>
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<div style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;">I rolled over onto my side, took off my hat and sunglasses, and remember saying something to the effect of "Ugh...that hurt."</div>
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<div style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;">I tried to assess my circumstances to figure out if I'd be able to run out of the woods or if I should lay in the trail until my wife caught up to me (we were running the same route but separately as I planned on running extra before she finished.)</div>
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<div style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;">Then I heard some mountain bikers and while I wasn't really worried that they'd run me over I've had bad experiences laying injured in the middle of a trail before so I sat up (I'd already determined neck and shoulders didn't hurt and I could wiggle all my fingers and toes) and started getting to my feet.</div>
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<div style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;">When they came by I waved and was greeted by this site:</div>
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<div style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;">I didn't know I was bleeding until I saw my hand (which had been holding my head.)</div>
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<div style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;">The mountain biker was an athletic trainer/physical therapist so he did a quick test for concussion (What's your name, who's the president, what day is it, what did you have for breakfast, follow my finger with your eyes, let me check pupil dilation etc.) and I seemed coherent enough, so while he rummaged in his bag for some gauze I grabbed the camera so I could see how bad it was:</div>
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<div style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;">This photo is courtesy of his girlfriend...I wonder what her thinking was, coming upon this laying in the middle of the trail?</div>
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<div style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;"><br style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/runtowin/4895342667/" style="color:rgb(51,51,204);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;" target="_blank" title="I was a wee bit dazed from the fall and knock on the noggin' but thankfully no signs of concussion. by Run to Win, on Flickr"><img alt="I was a wee bit dazed from the fall and knock on the noggin' but thankfully no signs of concussion." src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4115/4895342667_5b3e1fd40b.jpg" style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;border-top-width:0px;border-right-width:0px;border-bottom-width:0px;border-left-width:0px;width:500px;height:375px;"></a></div>
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<div style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;">So, Tim/Tom (I misrecall his name, I thought it was Tim but think it might have actually been Tom) bandaged me up enough to let the bleeding stop a bit before I ran back along the trail to find Erin while him and his girlfriend rode their bikes behind me.</div>
<div style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;"><br style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/runtowin/4895939208/" style="color:rgb(51,51,204);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;" target="_blank" title="Thanks Tim for bandaging the head up enough that I could run the 2 or 3 miles out of the woods without losing too many vital fluids. by Run to Win, on Flickr"><img alt="Thanks Tim for bandaging the head up enough that I could run the 2 or 3 miles out of the woods without losing too many vital fluids." src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4142/4895939208_386177c06a.jpg" style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;border-top-width:0px;border-right-width:0px;border-bottom-width:0px;border-left-width:0px;width:500px;height:375px;"></a></div>
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<div style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;">And yes, wearing a hat over a bandaged hat does look a bit ridiculous:</div>
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<div style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/runtowin/4895939618/" style="color:rgb(51,51,204);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;" target="_blank" title="My hero! Tim is an athletic trainer and physical therapist that heard me fall and rode over to see if I was okay. And yes, a hat on top of a bandaged up head *does* look a little ridiculous. by Run to Win, on Flickr"><img alt="My hero! Tim is an athletic trainer and physical therapist that heard me fall and rode over to see if I was okay. And yes, a hat on top of a bandaged up head *does* look a little ridiculous." src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4142/4895939618_c7f04c6cc2.jpg" style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;border-top-width:0px;border-right-width:0px;border-bottom-width:0px;border-left-width:0px;width:500px;height:375px;"></a></div>
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<div style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;">It took me about 2.5 miles to run out of the woods...I could have probably done it in a bit under 2 miles, but running back up the trail a bit let me find my wife so that she could head back with me (we cut our runs short by a bit) and it let me take a much easier trail back. I wasn't dizzy or nauseated and had no trouble running, but we figured it was better to be safe(ish) than sorry.</div>
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<div style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;">We got back, figured out the local ERs aren't actually open on the weekends and we'd be best served going to Portland, and I went and had them clean me up and stitch my head back together.  It turned out to just be a 1 cm cut (head wounds do like to bleed) and nothing worse, but I did have quite a bit of dirt and gravel embedded in me and I don't fancy getting infected.  </div>
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<div style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;">So now the question is...will I be nervous next week when I get back to the trail, or will I be my normal fearless(ish) self running down the trail?  I guess this is why we practice a course ahead of time, to avoid problems like this slowing us down during the race.  First time I've hit my head on a fall though.  </div>
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<div style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;">And no - I'm not going to start running with a helmet. (Gotten enough of those types of comments on facebook.)</div>
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<div style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:1em;">Anybody else running the <a href="http://www.trailmonsterrunning.com" target="_blank">Bruiser</a> in September?  It's a fun course. The race is put on by the Trail Monsters, the same folks that do such a great job with Pineland Farms.</div>
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<p>ouch ... glad you lived ... and cool that you are/were still smiling thru it all ... that makes me think you'll be fine next weekend for your run ... **it happens, afterall, that's part of the game  ...</p>
 

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<p>omg! ouchie! glad you are ok and glad you ran into those bikers!</p>
 

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<p>Yikes! I run on the Yorktown Battlefields a lot with many signs about the Revolutionary War, and through Newport News Park which has some Civil War earthworks and things. You'd look right at home standing next to a cannon with the blood and head wrap. Glad you had help on the trail. I wonder about that sometimes when I go out solo. I don't carry supplies for gaping head wound!</p>
 

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<p>Ouch, that looks painful!  How does your head feel now?  You are so lucky those bikers came along.</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Mobius</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69551/if-a-trail-runner-falls-in-the-woods-does-he-make-a-sound-warning-graphic-photos#post_1935119"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p> I wonder about that sometimes when I go out solo. I don't carry supplies for gaping head wound!</p>
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<p>No kidding!  I don't carry a whole lot with me either (I need to start carrying my phone - not sure why I don't already). </p>
 

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<p>I generally have company out on the trails with me, if not right with me (like on Sunday) then somewhere on the trail system.  On Saturday, there were about a dozen of us running that same course, and Sunday the plan was to run the full course and then go back and do a tempo on the toughest part of the trail while my wife ran the course except for that toughest part.  So when I fell (not at the tough part) she was maybe 3/4 or a mile behind me.</p>
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<p>As for my head, it feels fine.  I actually got off pretty easily, I had a small cut on my head and my elbow and knee got scraped up pretty bad (and are actually much worse than my head when you get right down to it).  I tried going for a trail run last night but once I got in the woods the horseflies all made a beeline for my stitch and since it only hurts when I touch it I decided it wasn't in my best interest to stay under the trees.  I'm going to do a road run when I get home today.</p>
 
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