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Accident :( feeling dejected

I was involved in a motorbike accident on Monday late evening. The accident gifted me a slightly dislocated ulna, around the wrist region and a ligament injury. I had just completed my week 4 run 3 that day and was elated and looking forward to entering week 5. Just when it was getting so good...

My anxiety has led me to take up walking twice a day although I need advice from you guys as to what my plan should be, moving forward. I'm wearing a splint bandage on my left arm for 3 weeks and don't want to exert myself at this point, but want to bounce back when I am in good shape again.



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So sorry to hear about your accident. My advice would be to keep coming on the forum to keep you motivated!

When you do feel well enough to run, pick up where you left off & see how you feel, there's no shame in going back to previous weeks if you need to.

I lost my motivation over the summer but when I finally saw the light (!) I was only a couple of weeks behind where I'd left off.

Here's to a speedy recovery!


Thanks for your reply, I shall be looking forward to that time and hope it comes really soon.


My advice would be ask advice from your Doctor and/or the hospital when you go back to have the splint checked.

This goes rather beyond the sort of advice you want to be taking from strangers on the internet.

The only practical advice really, is to not try and rush it. Running will still be there when you are better. If you have made it this far in life without runing 5k, another few weeks isn't going to be an issue.


Thanks Rignold, I am going to the doctor in a couple of hours with a list of questions prepared for him. You're right, I should stop sulking and take a break, in the right spirit..


I think you definitely need to take it easy, listen to your body and talk to your doctor - you don't want to cause more damage. That said, I can sympathise with your frustration but you're doing so well - better not jeopardise it by trying to do too much without medical advice. Good luck and keep posting.


Thanks Potty for your reply. I plan to be more regular here, it's wonderful to be a part of this community.


Like Potty and Rignold say ask your doc for advice but in the meantime if your body feels up to it I am sure walking and fresh air will be excellent for your convalescence and a bit of stretching and keeping supple never goes amiss. You won't have lost much fitness inca few weeks so don't worry too much, just be thankful your injuries are pretty insignificant after falling odd a motorbike.


I got off pretty much unscathed, thanks to the helmet and me having momentarily sped down. Reading up on all the replies and several injured runners' posts seemed to have given me enough perspective. Thank you so much!


My mate just broke her wrist and it's taken rather longer than expected for her to get the pot off. It's off now though and she's fine and no physio required which is more than she could have hoped for.

Running is out I'm afraid. So is hiking cos you can't negotiate stiles. Walking round the neighbourhood, just to keep that body moving will be ok though, and will be a good plan as you'll be out in the fresh air. You'll be able to mastermind your running plans while you're pottering about. You could get some books about running and have a read to keep you inspired while you're on the injury couch. You're not alone on there you know. It's quite full I believe so you'll be in good company


That's a neat idea. I welcome any and all suggestions for a book. I won't be making the mistake of pushing myself unnecessarily and take heed to all the precautions :). Thanks misswobble for this good suggestion.


Hi, I know exactly how you feel.I had a car crash in late June. I had just (day before) finished week 7.I had an op on my arm and lots of bruising all over😫Took me until end of September to get back to it.I tried earlier but was in pain and frightened of falling( a habit I have lol).Anyway I graduated a few weeks ago.You will get there you just have to be patient.Listen to your doctor and your need your arm to mend properly. Good luck😀😀


Oh I am sorry to hear about that, it surely must've been a tough road to recovery, more mental than physical. I'll be going through your posts later to see if you've written about your experience at that time. Thanks for the reply


There is no doubt that you will bounce back - just make sure your body is ready to bounce. The whole running thing is fraught with 'set-backs' and part of the training we are going through is helping us to overcome them - it's mental as well as physical and you just have to tell yourself that you will be running again and even better than before.

As a fellow biker, the real question is, how is the bike? " :)


Thanks for the prompt. The bike is in pretty good shape, except the handle is a bit shaky and a few other parts scratched in and a couple of dents, here and there. I was on the receiving end of a hit-and-run. I am glad to be alive :)


Really sorry you've had an accident but pleased you're advice is remember came off lightly and in the big scheme of things that's the most important eh? You'll get back to running in good time, in the meantime doctors orders is definitely the way to go. Keep us posted :)


Absolutely spot on. Could've been much worse. Coming here and reading up has given me the respite that was much needed. Will be off to see the doc in a couple of hours. Have a great day you all! :-)


Books have been discussed a lot on here so if you do a search you'll come up with some suggestions. I recently read one by Dean Karnazes about running a marathon every day for 50 days. He invited other runners to join him at every different location. It was about the logistics of putting on a daily marathon, meeting up with other runners, doing the medal ceremonies, packing up and moving on, all while eating well and keeping fit.

Very easy to read, not so easy to do! Ha ha I know you don't want to run a marathon at the minute - perhaps never - but it's still a good read. It's easy too and you won't get bogged down in it. Interesting though nonetheless.

I read Scott Jurek's book. He's a vegan ultra runner from the US. It charts his quite hard life as his mother was ill so he had chores, a job, school and siblings to care for so he was quite burdened. He also had (at 15) a problem with high blood pressure for which he rejected medication and chose instead to sort it out himself. Which he did. It gets quite a bit self-centered around him, and he comes across as being very single-minded, but I suppose to succeed at that game he'd have to be. The book inspired me to get a pair of Brooks Cascadia trail shoes, which he helped design. I love em! Had em ages and they're still fab. His recipes are useful too


It's a funny business. I was just reading about Ron Hill and his 50 year streak of running a mile every day, including the day after bunion surgery, on crutches (27 minutes) - but he's an Olympian.

One would hope that some informed guidance was given at the time you were treated about what would/wouldn't be appropriate exercise. It is quite unpredictable what really needs complete rest or what makes activities too difficult.

I found it helpful to continue with such yoga as I could do and gentle running within a few days of my electric bicycle crash (moral of that story is never try to show off to a teenage son) but I was beyond the challenges of C25K by that point.

C25K will still be there for you and remarkably often, people spring back even better than before after a break.

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