Monday, December 28, 2009

Popped Elbow

I popped a capsule in my elbow on Saturday morning. It was probably my own fault. I was rolling with a much bigger guy and he got me in an armbar. I rolled out of it, but he transitioned to an umaplata. I rolled out of that too and was just getting to my knees. But he still had my arm and, when he sat up to follow me, my elbow bent the wrong way.


Moral of the story. Tap text time? I honestly don't know what I should have done. I mean, I was out of the submission. I think it was just a freak accident.

I know it happens all the time. Honestly, it hasn't hurt that bad. Been icing it a lot. It's still sore today, still tight. I can straighten it all the way and bend it all the way, but it hurts at both extremes.

I probably already know the answer to this question, but should I train tonight? I really want to, but I don't want to be an idiot. Have you guys ever popped an elbow? How long did you wait before you trained again, if at all? How long did it take for you to feel 100% again?

In happier news, I had another small victory this week. When I started BJJ, I couldn't even run a solid mile without feeling like I was going to die. I ran with some of the teenagers in the youth group that my husband and I run (Big mistake. Why would I choose to do my first mile run since high school with a bunch of military school cadets???) and my mile lasted for over 12 minutes!!

Yesterday I ran with my friend Amy. She's insane. She runs five miles on her "short days". Anyway, I wanted to see if my mile had improved, so we ran. I finished in just under 10 minutes!! That's still not a great mile, but it is an improvement. We were running at a slow pace too because I have a gimp elbow and she had a groin injury. I might try again today and really push myself and see if I can finish in 8 minutes.

Lastly (sorry for the long post) had an awesome Christmas and can't wait for New Years! Hope you and your families had a great holiday! Here are a few holiday pictures from the McClish family!

This last one was at an ice sculpture display that attracts huge crowds down here. Only in Florida would people pay $25 to go into a room filled with ice!! ;) It was really pretty, though.


leslie said...

It does sound like a freak thing. If it feels alright by tonight, I'd give it a try. (But then, I train with broken toes, so I'm not the best to get "take it easy" advice from.;)

Test it out a bit before class to find out which direction it hurts in, and maybe tap early on submissions going that way tonight.

Georgette said...

Ditto what Leslie says... I train with popped elbows but I tap way early!

Dev said...

Got to "third that motion. If you're feeling good, then train, but focus on technique and defense, and dammit, tap early! :) Keep making sure you have range of motion, and if it stiffens up before or during class, don't be afraid to sit out a sparring session or two.

A.D. McClish said...

Thanks guys. I'm going to try to roll and we'll see how it goes. Will be tapping if someone even grabs that arm. ;)