After weaseling my way into an appointment with an “elbow specialist” orthopedist I have some exciting news. Although the ER told me that I was able to run with a fractured elbow I wanted to get a specialist to look at it if I could get an appointment. If you look dead center in my arm you can see a bruise and cut…that’s all I got. So much pain for no showing.
I did not claim to have the most serious fracture injury but I have always claimed that I am a bumbling bafoon and an already injury prone runner. I need no help from others to injure myself.
That being said today at the orthopedist I have been cleared to fully return to running and he removed my soft cast. I will be able to run the Rock and Roll half marathon this weekend. That being said I’m not going to race like there is no tomorrow. I’m going to run and see where it takes me. Maybe a 1:30 race (that would be amazing) or maybe a 2:00 hour race. I have absolutely no idea where the race will go. Either way I plan to finish the race at the same injury level as started. I won’t be swinging my elbow and keep it as safe as possible.
The doctor thinks I’ll be fully healed in less than 4 weeks from the initial break last week. I am feeling very blessed for everyone’s well wishes and the fact that it wasn’t more serious. This week has been a while range of emotions and a wakeup call that you can train as carefully as possible but there is always the unexpected. I have a few exercises I must do daily involving rotating and moving. The best thing I can do is continue to progress the movements I can do safely.
So the big question is how was I able to get away with a temporary cast for 6 days and now be running again with a fractured radial head?
I have strived since my only stress fracture 2 years ago to get enough calcium and keep my bones strong. I have consistently gotten enough calcium and I don’t have brittle bones because of it. I honestly drink 2-3 cups of milk daily, enjoy cheese, dairy and yogurt. That being said after I was struck I fell on my elbow onto the ground. I did not fall onto something that shattered or displaced my bone (knocked it out of alignment). I’m extremely lucky that it just created a small crack which creates pain when I rotate the wrist and fully extend the arm. It could have been much worse.
Though I’ll probably mention arm updates occasionally I prefer to put this one in my rear view mirror. I am considering this a minor speed bump in my training and hopefully able to overcome this rather quickly. This isn’t a stress fracture or leg injury. Quite honestly it’s a minor broken bone and there is absolutely no reason for me to be worried about my training.
Questions for you:
What are you up to on Labor Day?
Do you get enough calcium?