Fractured Elbow and Training

Nine weeks to go for the New York City marathon and I manage to get a fractured elbow but at least it isn’t a stress fracture in my leg.  Right now I cannot tell you whether I’ll be running with a cast or not.  I have a nondisplaced radial head in my elbow.  Basically that means that there is a small crack in my elbow.  What does that mean for me personally?  My elbow hurts a lot and I’m currently taking 800 mg IB.  I have not taken the Vicodin that they also prescribed for intense pain because I’m not in that much pain.

After a great 8k race for me (30:45), I headed down the VA Beach side walk to cool down.  I ran out 1.5 miles and while running back a cyclist on a beach cruiser came out of a parking lot and hit me.  I immediately fell to the ground directly on my elbow.  I didn’t hear a crack or break and it felt like I had hit my funny bone.  The cyclist did not stop and muttered sorry as I was still laying on the ground. 

After getting up I noticed my knee, shoulder and elbow were bleeding profusely.  I was able to run back where I met my dad and started talking to him and washed up.  During my run back my arm felt “funny” but it didn’t feel awful.  (I think I still had a lot of adrenaline pumping through) but as we headed home it started to get progressively worse and by the time we were home, in my gut I knew it was broken. 

After getting x-rays at the hospital, they told me I had a nondisplaced radial head fracture in my elbow.  They put a soft cast on it and said it would be 4-6 weeks for it to fully heal.  I asked what this meant for running, for work, my move, ect.

Considering I cannot lift anything heavy right now (or do anything weight baring) I took a leave of absence at work.  (my last day should have been this coming Friday but now I’m done for good).  Packing will be tougher because I have a lot of heavy boxes to lift.

The question I have gotten the most is how is the going to affect my training?

Honestly  I don’t know yet.  I don’t have an injury that affects my legs.  I might try running but I’m going to be extremely careful and see where it takes me.  If it hurts, I won’t do it.  If that means giving up the NYC marathon, I’ll be heartbroken but that is what I’ll have to do.  Six weeks away is the first week of October and seasoned marathoners could probably get away with training for a marathon in a month.  I’m  not a seasoned marathoner.  Long story short, I have no idea where my training is going.  I am trying to be positive, I truly am, but it seems like I cannot catch a break.  I worked my butt off this summer creating a base and staying injury free.

There isn’t much I can do and feeling sorry for myself and making myself more miserable will just make the situation worse so with that I’ll attempt to stay busy in my last week in VA.  Hopefully that might include a run or two but I couldn’t tell you.