Training and Injury Update

This past Wednesday I had my cast taken off and more X-rays done to see if my fall during my race two weeks ago did indeed fracture my scaphoid bone. Luckily I have no fracture or broken bones, only some muscle and ligament pain. I hope I’ll regain my strength quickly now that I can use my wrist for day to day activities. I did buy a brace just so I can continue training. On the bike it’s too painful to me to grab my handlebar with my left hand, but with the brace I’ll be able to manage. Even though I didn’t have a fracture and probably won’t have to wear the brace for long, I’ve been super impressed with the brace so far. It is so much lighter and smaller than a cast. Plus, the fact that you can get it wet is awesome. I definitley recommend this exos brand of brace for anyone who needs a cast or some extra support.

You put this exos brace in the oven for a few minutes so that it can mold to your body. After that it tightens with a boa clip. This beats having a cast any day, especially if you're an athlete and sweat or need to get it wet.
You put this exos brace in the oven for a few minutes so that it can mold to your body. After that it tightens with a boa clip. This beats having a cast any day, especially if you’re an athlete and sweat or need to get it wet.

In the 10 days I had my cast on I decided it would be a perfect time to put in a big run/bike block of training, especially since I couldn’t swim over that time. In the 10 days with my cast I managed 10 runs and 10 rides. Considering I hardly run more than 10 times in any given month, I wasn’t sure how I would respond to such a big bump up in run volume. Surprisingly, I handled it really well, I made sure I did some of the runs on the treadmill just so it would leave my legs feeling a bit more fresh for the next workout. I did my 10th run the day I got my cast off and it was a good confidence builder. It was an 18 km run with 8 x 1 km at goal half marathon to get me ready for my half in Calgary this Saturday. I really wanted to dial in my pace and find out where my fitness is. All my repeats were under 3:26 and I managed to push the last one at 3:10. This is great news for Saturday and I’m confident I can run a new personal best. I’m actually surprised my body has been able to soak up all this running, but I won’t complain! All my rides were done on the trainer over the 10 days, but nothing exciting to talk about there. Tonight will be my first swim back in the pool in two weeks. I’m not sure how my wrist will feel, but my brace is waterproof if I do need to wear it. I’ll be sure to give a race report on my half on Saturday and let you know how it went. Happy training!

Starting the first race of 2015. Very icy race!
Starting the first race of 2015. Very icy race!

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