Sunday, July 24, 2011

Fractured Triquetrum-At least it's a good story!

Last weekend, at the spur of the moment, Chris and I decided to meet up in Pittsburgh to spend the weekend with my good friend Kelly and her fiance :)  They were so generous in allowing us to stay in their beautiful and cozy home...once again, thank you!  On Saturday we participated in our first ever adventure race (a Ruckus in this case).  What is a Ruckus???  Well this is the description from the Ruckus website:

This is not a trail run. This is not a mud run. This is an obstacle course.
This event was created for those looking for an "Adult Playground" experience that they can't get anywhere else. The Ruckus obstacle course is designed for those with casual fitness abilities, but is challenging enough for the fittest. There is no time limit and participants are encouraged to run the course at their own pace.
At the end of the day, the course is what the participant chooses to make it, and will provide an unforgettable experience.

And if you want to see more, check out this video.  Yes, I realize that we may be crazy... 

Needless to say, mine truly was an unforgettable experience and I'll always have the x-rays to remember it!  Chris, Kelly and I started with the 10:40am heat on a beautiful Saturday morning.  Chris decided that he was in it for time so he took off ahead of Kelly and I.  The hilly terrain and obstacles made it challenging but fun, over dirt piles, under army nets and through mud pits...until the gauntlet!  Kelly and I were about 1/2 mile from the finish line when as I like to put it, I misjudged my dismount...and fell about 10 feet to the ground landing on my left side (mainly wrist and hip).  Well, my hip took it better than the wrist and I left the race after a the next set of obstacles to head over to the medical tent (I'm still a little bummed that I didn't finish the race).  There I got some ice and was directed to the urgent care for further treatment.  The urgent care folks were very kind and splinted my left arm from elbow to fingertips which really did help the pain, that and the pain relievers they prescribed!  The whole time we were at the urgent care, Chris kept saying "never again, you are never allowed to do a race like this again".

 Team 2 Bobcats and a Buckeye
 Chris "Slow is smooth and smooth is fast"
 Finishing the Ruckus and checking his time :)
Post race, pre-urgent care

I followed up with an ortho specialist on Tuesday and the diagnosis is a fractured triquetrum (small bone in the hand, on the pinky side of the wrist).  I'm now in a removable brace for the next 8 week or so.....which I'm happy with as it could have been much, much worse!  Overall, a great weekend with friends that we will never forget!

Splint from the urgent mobility in left hand
Ortho brace, yay for being able to move my fingers and remove it to shower!

PS. please forgive the hair and makeup...seriously hard to do with one hand!  I even went to the stylist and had her cut 5 inches off my hair just so I could attempt to style it myself.

PPS. Shout out to Chris who completed the race at an awesome pace of 48:53.5 (12:13 per mile).  Remember, 4 miles and 20+ obstacles :)  Great job!

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