Saturday, I fell 0.03 miles into an 8 mile run and broke my shoulder (actually the top of the humerus bone) in three places. Needless to say, with 6-8 weeks of recovery and A LOT of physical therapy ahead of me, I’m out for the spring racing season.
Thankfully, after several X-rays and an MRI, I found out on Tuesday that I do not need surgery. Insert a huge sigh of relief.
I’ve been quiet on social media this week. It’s actually how one of my friends knew something could be wrong. I have felt very disconnected. What would I say? I put on my own underwear and pants today?
I wasn’t ready to tell the “world” quite yet. But I suppose the time has come.
The quick version of the story is I fell. I almost recovered the fall. Then all of a sudden things happened so fast and the next thing I knew I smacked the ground; crashing down on my right arm. Picture putting your arm straight up in the air; that’s how I fell. Poor Steph watched the whole thing happen. Thank goodness she was running with me. She took me to the doctor, the ER and stayed with me until I left the hospital. I’m grateful beyond words to have her in my life and to have been running with her that day.
I can’t take care of myself at the moment. I’ve been staying with one of the most incredible friends I could ever ask for. She helps me shower. She helps me get dressed. She helps make me breakfast so I can take my pain medication. This is very humbling. And painful. But it will heal and after what I’ve been told is a long and painful recovery with A LOT of physical therapy I’m expected to make a full recovery. Needless to say, there won’t be any 10 kg kettlebell squats with overhead presses at Refine Method anytime soon. However, the good news is the doctor thinks I could be up and possibly running in about a month or so.
I have incredible friends and family. For all of them I am extremely grateful. I have so many people who love me. Who have been taking care of me. Who check in on me every day. Who come visit me. I’m hoping in a few more days the pain will subside enough to stop taking the pain medications. I’m not sure how long it will be before I can go back to living alone but I continue to take it one day at a time. I’m thankful for strong legs and, surprisingly, a stronger core than I thought I had (thank you Refine Method) that help me move around and get up off the couch.
I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to run my brother’s first half marathon with him. I disappointed that I won’t be racing Cherry Blossom. Again. I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to run the Brooklyn Half Marathon, and attempt a PR, with all of my friends. But you better believe I’ll be out there cowbelling for my brother and all of my friends.
This is simply a bump in the road. In reality, this could have been much worse. I didn’t tear any tendons or ligaments in my shoulder. I don’t need surgery and I’m expected to make a full recovery. It’s certainly going to be a lengthy road to a full recovery but my head is up, and my good wing is out!