As I was trail running this morning, I hit a tree root and fell quite hard. As soon as I hit the ground I knew that I had dislocated my shoulder. I was in excruciating pain, and couldn't even lift my arm.I went to the hospital and they re-set my shoulder without a whole lot of problems.
Unfortunately, that likely means that I can't run for at least the next month. And, with that, I will be up to participate in the half marathon in Vermont at the end of the month. I'm more than a little unhappy about that but sometimes that's how the bone breaks.
Actually, it reminds me of an old joke:
Patient: Doctor, I broke my arm in three places.
Doctor: Well, I'd recommend staying out of those places then.
That joke is probably good advice that I stay off the trails and on the roads for quite a while. If I'm going to be serious about running I need to take better care of myself. It's not my favorite type of wake-up call, but that's how life is sometimes.
So, there likely won't be a whole lot of in the next couple of weeks as I'll likely be walking just to keep my fitness at a decent level.
Any suggestions from the runners for what to do during an injury?