Catching up and healing

I’m not sure what is worse, an accident injury or over-training injury. I guess both are accidents in a way and I have no one to blame but myself.

So I went to a shoulder doctor and found out what I did, to myself. I basically destroyed my acromioclavicular joint. How badly?

In a Type III AC separation both acromioclavicular and coracoclavicular ligaments are torn without significant disruption of the deltoid or trapezial fascia.[4] A significant bump, resulting in some shoulder deformity, is formed by the lateral end of the clavicle. This bump, caused by the clavicle’s dislocation, is permanent. The clavicle can be moved in and out of place on the shoulder. A radiographic examination, will show the results as abnormal. Pain with motion can be severe.

Basically my shoulder and collarbone will never be attached again. It’s okay, I think they can both more on. However, it will take about 6-8 weeks to heal.

For the most part, it won’t affect my daily activity with the exception of swimming.

Running

On Friday, 5 days after my accident, I went back to running and tested myself on quick 5k.

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On Sunday, Tony and I went on a hilly 7 miler, which felt really though. With almost two weeks of no real distance running, my body was happy and content being lazy. Taking just a week break makes me see just how easy it is to fall of the “wagon.”

We did start off the run with some deer sightings and ended with a bald eagle flying over us. Hard to feel crappy about pace, when you’re in nature on a beautiful road.

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On Monday, I was able to have a decent 10 miler with 8 miles at incline 3 at 7:43 pace. Just enough to regain some confidence for the Jamestown Half Marathon this Saturday.

Biking

Ahh, biking, will I ever be able to go down a hill without freaking out again? Only one way to find out. However, my bike is still sitting in my garage, waiting for a cleaning. However, my new helmet has arrived and is ready to go. I did sign up for two spin classes this week on Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday class went okay and shoulder was only annoyed with me when I shifted too much weight on it.

The sad news, I learned that my cleats that I use for my road bike are not the same as the Spin bikes. Complete bummer, so now I’m adding another pair of shoes to my collection! Luckily, I had a citysports 25% off =)

I’m telling you, if you want a challenge, try doing a power spin class in the wrong spin shoes that don’t fit in the the sneaker cage, or the clip in part. Yea, I’m all about giving myself stupid challenges.

Swimming

This will be the stress factor of it all. As of right now, I’ve been away from the pool for over two weeks. I’m still taking Advil at least once a day to bring down the inflammation and freestyle strokes are not possible until I can put on and off a sports bra without crying a bit. The upward arm movement is what hurts the most.

Needless to say, my dreams of being a tennis pro are over.

I’ve been stressing over wetsuits as well. With my shoulder injury, I might need more flexibility and go for a sleeveless vs. full sleeve version. But then, what kind of buoyancy do I want? In my hips? In my chest? What brand? Should I just rent one instead? I could rent one for $50 which I personally still think is pricey! Or buy one for around $200.

On the bright side, I saw the time limit for the swim was raised from 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes. I will take that as a sign that I am meant to do this. Injury, or no injury, in less than two months, I will be a half ironwoman.

Life in between

As for other things? How am I spending my recovery? Shopping!

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I love how I got this casual blazer for $19 vs original $130 at Banana Republic

Which is good, because I went and spent all my savings on make-up for my black eye.

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And let me tell you something, if you want to get a lot of weird pity looks, good to Sephora with a black eye. Ooo the looks the ladies gave me!

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Yes, I’m probably the only girl woman, who owned no make-up until now. What does weird me out a little, is that the other day, I went to a spin class and a sweaty 5K and my make-up barely moved. If we can create this, why can’t we cure cancer yet?

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Fourth of the July for the first time in however long I remember was a rainstorm. So we minimized grilling and instead made some tasty pulled pork and sides on Friday.

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Because of the storm on Friday, Boston moved it’s fireworks to Thursday night, only to move it up 30 minutes earlier than planned so we missed most of the show. However, it must have been perfect timing because it started to pour like crazy as soon as the show ended. Yay climate change!

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Over the weekend, we went to visit my parents in the Catskills (Monticello, NY)

Where more grilling and meat eating occurred.

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A few miles from them is this beautiful ranch on top of a hill with camels, llamas and all sorts of livestock!

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And across the street from it all, is the church of little green man! How weird is that! There’s some creepy/cool collection of bones in front for display too. Maybe its the animal graveyard? Ironically enough, this is also about 1-2 miles from a large cemetery. Creepy!

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and I got to visit this guy:

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He loves selfies way more than Jack Meower.

Maybe it was the weather, or us leaving early on Sunday, but traffic wasn’t as bad in the past. We made a highway pit stop in Hartford for dinner.

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And now it’s back to every day life. Working, sleeping and trying to get back on track of some healthy eating after a weekend of meats, meats and meats.

QOTD

What’s new with you? I’ve been fairly quiet lately and spending lots of time napping. I call it recovery, or maybe it’s this hot humid days of summer. I wasn’t lying when I say with the exception of the snow and my oil bill, I love winter.

14 thoughts on “Catching up and healing”

  1. I don’t own much makeup either & the little I foundation use (to actually try to look older when I lead Boston Women Communicators meetings) is from Sephora. Their staff rocks!

    I’m with you on being impressed by the makeup lasting through a workout. Be sure to buy makeup remover pads if you don’t have them already.

    I’m also wicked impressed that you’re not taking this injury as a sign to drop out of the half iron-man. You’re amazing!

  2. Sorry about your shoulder 😦 I’m glad you can still run, though! Looks like you had a nice 4th of July, too. I’ve been slowly getting back into running, coming back from an overuse injury. I have a friend visiting this weekend from college, so that will keep me busy!

  3. I am *really* impressed at how well you managed to cover up the black eye. You did a great job, seriously. And I don’t own a lot of makeup either, what I do have I never wear. I work at my house and generally when I leave the house, it’s to work out or just go to lunch with my husband or to the store or something. And I’m too lazy to put on makeup to do things like that :).

    Good luck with your half marathon and with dealing with swimming and the shoulder. I’m glad you’re on the mend despite the accident being so bad and that’s awesome that you’re not scratching the whole tri due to it.

  4. Nice work on the make up, you can’t even tell you have a black eye!
    My hubby had a bike crash and had a Grade 2 shoulder separation. They originally thought it was grade 3 but once he started re-hab (5 days post crash) he was re-diagnosed with a grade 2 separation. He crashed on May 15th and was given an ok to try swimming 3 weeks later. He’s now back swimming but still has a little bit of shoulder discomfort afterwards. A good therapy plan will help you get back in the water sooner rather than later. My hubby saw a Chiro for ART and acupuncture and then went to Physio as well. Here’s to a speedy recovery!!!

    1. did he go to PT?

      The doctor told me if I don’t feel better in a month to follow-up with PT. I’ll email my chiropractor and see if he can help though.

      Thanks!

  5. I love the pup’s name. So genius and cute! I have a shih-tzu that has a similar face. I love them!
    It is amazing how much makeup can cover up these days. My hubby has even asked to use my concealer before for blemishes and bruises.

  6. Hi I just sustained a grade 3 AC seperation 1 week ago which was exactly one week out from IronmanAZ I have been training for most of the year. I have walked long & got on my bike on trainer. I too cannot put on a sports bra. I will start PT next week. Would love to hear how your half ironman went & how you are progressing with the injury.
    Thanks Kelly

    1. Hi Kelly,

      My half ironman was two months after my injury so I had a good amount of time to recovery. I think getting back to swimming was the hardest and took about 3 weeks. It took well over a month before I could do a breast stroke. Then again I’m a terrible swimmer to begin with so it was a combination of injury and just pure weekend.

      I returned to running within a week with no major issues. I don’t remember my shoulder ever bothering me while running besides the dressing and undress park.

      I did get some mild strain from tension on my bike when hitting some bumps but nothing that I would call acute pain.

      Overall for the most part, it has healed now. Sometimes I feel a mild dull pain when I’m tired, but its usually when I’m sleeping and not while I’m working out.

      Good luck! Can’t imagine ever doing an Ironman, so that’s awesome!

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