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Maybe not broken. 

More like "dented".  Last Wednesday, at our work event, they had a mechanical bull.  Yeah, of course I rode it.  I was hoping to have pictures, but none have been distributed yet.  And while it was a bunch of fun, during my bull riding time, in an effort not to fall off, it looks like I tweaked something.  I wanted to just ride it out (the pain), but it got pretty bad today.  So, after a quick consult with my doctor, I guess I have a deep strain in the cartilage of my ribs.  This is causing me quite a bit of pain, and corresponding muscle spasms.  


So, on doctors orders, there will be no more push ups, sir ups, or planks.  And I'm starting to think that those are what did me in yesterday.  And now I'm on Ibprofen for the next week and have muscle relaxants at the ready--though I'd rather not use them.

She did, however, say that I could still run and bike and do most everythign else so long as it doesn't aggrivate my injury.  She told me that it would help for me to get to some strong breathing--the perfect byproduct of working out--and that the breathing would help ensure that I don't get a collapsed lung.  Wha?!  I don't think she meant that that was a likelihood...maybe more of a possibility.  But yeesh!  And, seriously guys, I feel like I'll be fine.

So, although I was in a great deal of pain this evening, I was able to get a good 6 mile run (in under 60 minutes).  I didn't want to, but there was no way I was going to slide back, you know?

Now I'm back on the saddle, but luckily the saddle isn't on the horse! 

30 minutes on elliptical
5 minutes on stair stepper
6 miles walked/ran
read the bible
read my devotion

45 minutes on elliptical
15 minutes on stair stepper
15 minutes on exercise bike
50 situps
50 pushups
2 60 second front planks
2 40 second side planks (each side)
6 miles ran
read the bible
read my devotion

15 minutes on elliptical
30 minutes on stair stepper
45 minutes on exercise bike
300 situps
300 push ups
8 60 second front planks
8 40 second side planks (each side)
9 miles walked/ran
15 miles biked
pray daily
read the bible daily
read my devotion daily
date with Anna



August 11, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Youch!!! I sure hope you are all healed up quickly. I guess the good news is that you aren't completely sidelined.

Take care and take that relaxant if you have to.

Hugs albeit a very gentle one.

  South Beach Steve

August 11, 2010 at 6:10 PM

OH NO BEEJ!!! I hope this heals up quickly! I am really glad to read you went on to the doctor though. It is better to get it checked out early, rather than making it worse. Be sure you do some intentional heavy breathing. While I doubt the collapsed lung is likely, you don't want to risk it at all.