Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Progression of an Arm Injury

Progression of an Arm Injury

Something I had feared finally happened -- I injured myself doing CrossFit. Last week, we completed a WOD that, on the surface, seemed simple enough: 3 rounds of runs, dumbbell push presses, and ring rows. This was preceded by back squats -- of the 4 activities, I had only run before, so I was excited to try all these new things.

I'm always sore after CrossFit, sometimes more, sometimes less, but it's a given. I'm pushing my body to do things I haven't done for years or ever, and strength training has never been my forte, it's the reason I started. The soreness Friday was no different than usual, I even went for a run Saturday. By Sunday, I knew there was more going on, barely slept and my tricep was actively was hurting.

I was loath to take pain relievers, but Sunday night I also wanted to sleep better, so the ibuprofen came out, and has continued, so far without end. Watching the Baltimore Ravens play in the NFL Playoffs was worrisome, as Ray Lewis was coming back after a multi-month rehab for tearing his tricep -- my imagination was running wild! The swelling and soreness has abated each day, though a short (half-day) soreness of the forearm and then a swelling and redness of the pectoral muscle made me worried I was actually regressing.

It's been somewhat disconcerting to be sitting on the sidelines, waiting to get better, but, as I've gotten older, I've become wiser and more patient in allowing my body to fully recover when it needs to. Even though I want to, I'm not going to rush back before it's time.

Probably the best thing that has happened because of this is I have realized how much I miss heading for the Box, learning new skills, pushing myself to new limits, and making my weaknesses less so. It'll be good to go back.

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  1. Ouch! Sorry to hear it. Go run--you don't need your arms too much for that!

  2. You know, you are no spring chicken
    You need to stick to the easy stuff, like me

  3. It's great that you are seeing the positive side and letting it show you how much you love the Box. :)

  4. Hope you're all better soon:)

  5. Yep, injury is the down side of extreme workouts like cross fit. You have to listen to your body and back off no matter what the instructor says.

  6. i'm not sure about miss zippy's advice - whenever i tweak something and think i can still run - i can't! LOL. hopefully you can still run though. it's a huge bummer to be sidelined or have to severely modify workouts / miss runs.


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