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My Doctor Asked if I Would Consider Taking Up Smoking!

Dr. Ed

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Chicago is my home town....I was born in that city and I go back at least once a year.  Chicago has been one of my bucket list marathons for some time now; however, it turns out it is just not meant to be for me.  At least not for me this year.  

This all started about the first week of August when I was innocently changing weights on a barbell to do a little Les Mills Body Pump.  I was bent over moving a weight bench and stayed in that position to put on the 10 lbs weights on each side of the bar.  I went to stand up and nope...couldn't do it.  I just couldn't stand up.  I have never felt that way before....I ended up having to go to the emergency room, getting a shot and had to say off my feet for two weeks.  Okay, two weeks suck, but all it does was take me out of the running to trying to get a PR at Chicago.  Two weeks later I was back on the road.

I was running for about two weeks and then Hurricane Harvey hit Southern Texas.  For those of you that don't know, I am a Chief Master Sergeant in the Air Force, stationed in Fort Worth, TX.  As the Command Chief of the 136 Airlift Wing, we are Air National Guardsmen that are responsible to help take care of Texans when the Governor needs us.  I spent 21 straight days working 14-16 hour days helping coordinate rescue and relief efforts.  While this was happening I was getting up at 0400 to ensure I at least got in 5-7 miles before I went into work.  It was tired, but I wanted to at least have miles on my legs to run Chicago.

I actually had a 1/2 marathon in Dayton, OH (Air Force Marathon/Half Marathon) on September 16 as part of a team event.  I was a last minute add on because one of the team had to drop.  I ran a respectable 1:42 and we did well as a team.  I flew home on the 17th, went to church with the family, watched a little football and then decided to go for a bike ride....HUGE MISTAKE.

I have decided to start training for triathlons, something different to do as I enter into my 50s.  I borrowed a road bike, shoes, helmet, the whole package.  This is the first time I even was on a bike that had clip in pedals.  For those of you who have been on these you probably know what happened next.  I didn't even get one evolution around on the bike, lost my balance and fell to my left.  I couldn't get out of the clips in time.  I tried to brace my fall by putting my arms out...Doing so lead to a large amount of pain.  Pain like I have never felt before in my life.  Long story long....I ended up going to the emergency room (second time in about 6 weeks) and was told I had a compressed radial head that actually led to a brake.  I broke my elbow on my right arm.  I also sprained my left wrist.  

I went for a follow up appointment two days later and I did ask my doctor if I could still run the Chicago Marathon.  This is what he stated "I would like you to consider taking up smoking"!!!!  Huh?...What? Why would you suggest that, I asked.  His response was priceless...Because taking up smoking is just about as stupid as running a marathon in your condition.  Point taken (even though I think I could still have ran).

I was lucky enough to be able to defer my entry to 2018 (The cut off was the 19th) and am looking forward to running in my home town next year.

The good news is that I did not need surgery and I am still able to spin a little on an indoor bike.  I also get to do some brisk walking and lower body exercises.  

So for those of you who do give me "Kudos" on Starva, you see that I am not running much.  It is not because I do not want to run, but rather just can't do it.  I don't want to jeopardize anything getting in the way of me running Boston next April!

Dr. Ed

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What a stretch! Sorry you can't run Chicago. Should we send you some bubble wrap to prevent more ER visits?

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I wondered how you'd broken that wing. When I was a child I broke one riding a bike that was too big for me - I got up ok, but couldn't get down. Boom. 

Your doc sure has a funny sense of humor!

Hope your break is healing and you're back on the road to Boston soon. As far as Chicago is concerned, there will always be next year.

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Holy cow...it’s been a rough couple minutes months for you!  Sounds like hiking might be a good activity to get into while your elbow heals and it’s less hazardous than road biking I think.  😳Sorry your Chicago plans got postponed but obviously it was the only choice.  I hope things heal up fast and you’re back to running the miles you want!

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Your doctors statement made me laugh... I admire your dedication 4:00am to make sure you get your runs in. It's posts like these that motivate me to stop making excuses.  Thank you.  

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Those clip-in pedals make me so nervous. I only use them on the spin bikes at the gym. No chance of falling over, but once in a while in get stuck in them. Sorry to hear about the rough spot, but I'm sure you'll be healed up nicely to begin your Boston training.

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Don't get discouraged about falling on the bike.  There are two types of triathletes.  Those that have fallen on the bike and those that will fall.  Sorry your first fall caused such damage.

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imagine thousands of smokers gathered together on an early Saturday morning to see who could smoke a pack of cigarettes the fastest.

I hope you got the injury stuff out of the way for a long time. Good luck with the recovery.

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That pretty much sucks. OTOH, you'll be extraordinarily fresh to begin Boston training.

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Falling while running hurts enough, I don't want to add on the extra momentum and pointy bits that falling off a bike would include. You're braver than I... and have the ER visits to prove it, haha! Sorry it happened though, that does suck. Hope you heal up quick!

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Same thing happened to me the first time with clip in pedals (minus the breaking elbow)...just fell right over....

Hope you have a speedy recovery!

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He made his point well!  Glad you were able to defer, and hope you recover quickly.  Your positive attitude through it has been admirable!

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You totally could have run the marathon, but the deferral was the smarter move. And not taking up smoking -- another smart choice!

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