I’ve read and been told that archery is the second safest sport. It really depends on the reference. No doubt, archery is a safe sport. Running on the other hand, while it seems safe, can be hazardous.
If you do a lot of trail running you know where I’m headed. Sure, you might get attacked by a mountain lion and need to fight for your life. You might run up on a rattlesnake, copperhead, or other poisonous snake. That’s when you sprint away while doing the hopping chicken dance. Heck, in some places there’re bears to worry about.
Most likely all of those animal intersections with a runner are limited. The more likely trouble comes from something that doesn’t even move – the root. In come cases a root might be a rock, stump, or other obstacle that just sits there waiting to trip you.
If you run trails it will happen. You’ll cross paths with that non-moving hazard and eventually the impact will be just right to create a face plant.
I’ve had more face plants mountain biking than running. I still have a fair share of running tumbles. Yesterday, I ended up face down on a trail. It wasn’t a bad fall. Nothing has broken; there was a slightly scraped nose and a little frustration.
I was running with my dog, River, and I swear when she saw what had happened she laughed.