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    Broken Wrist - ok to run?

    Came off my bike 2 days ago and have broken my wrist. It's in a full cast for up to 6 weeks.

    I'm wondering whether I can run with it? That could just be gentle 2 mile road runs - and if so, have people worn a sling to do so?

    I'm totally pissed off - am planning May BGR attempt and was about to ramp training up. Concerned that even once cast is off that it will remain weak for a while and be next to hopeless for the scambling sections on legs 3 and 4.

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    I broke my arm some years ago a bit above my wrist and ended up in a full cast for 6 weeks. I don't always do what I'm supposed to do, so I tried running with it. And failed. I'm not sure if it was the weight of the cast, or the fact I couldn't bend my arm, but bluntly speaking I couldn't run even 50 metres.

    The fact you've broken your wrist is even more serious because if you did fall on it you could do even more damage, so I wouldn't recommend it. Much as I hated it at the time I put my road bike on my turbo trainer and did short sessions on it and also walked more.

    It's worth mentioning that after 6 weeks when my cast was cut off my arm was an embarrassment to look at as the muscle had completely wasted away leaving literally skin and bone. No strength in the arm (I struggled to drive) and it took 4-6 months for the muscles to return to their original state. Worse still I got random pain shooting through my arm on occasions, at a level as intense as when I broke it, for 6 months afterwards - like a 'ghost' pain which then stopped never to return.

    Sorry to burst your balloon, but from my experience (I was in my early thirties then) I don't think a May BGR is on

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    That's a bugger!

    I broke my collar bone in multiple places a few years back. I managed to run in the sling a few times, but was VERY conscious that a minor fall could set me back weeks. I would imagine a full cast would make things tricky balance wise too.

    Most of the time I made do with a turbo trainer on a bike in the garage and long walks to try and maintain some semblance of fitness. The turbo trainer was dull as dishwater, but I listened to the radio and read to pass the time.

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    That's a bugger!

    I broke my collar bone in multiple places a few years back. I managed to run in the sling a few times, but was VERY conscious that a minor fall could set me back weeks. I would imagine a full cast would make things tricky balance wise too.

    Like Marco, most of the time I made do with a turbo trainer on a bike in the garage and long walks to try and maintain some semblance of fitness. The turbo trainer was dull as dishwater, but I listened to the radio and read to pass the time.

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    Eh? Not sure what happened there!

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    I broke my other wrist a few years ago and struggled to regain much strength in it for many months. Anyway - reckon it will be fine this time, just need to man up, plan on doing lots of brisk steep up hill walking reps and take it from there.
    Played lads v dads footy v loads of kids today and that was pretty strenuous so all should be reet :-)

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    I'm in no way recommending this but.....When I broke my wrist, approx. 25 years ago, so my memory is hazy, I certainly was cycling at some stage and actually considered doing the KIMM in the Borders. I withdrew as I felt it wasn't the thing to do as a) They might not have allowed me to when I arrived at the 'sign-in' b) Potential for inconveiniencing MR services etc in the event of doing further damage etc. I guess I must have been doing a bit of running to even consider this but I'm not 100% sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by that_fjell_guy View Post
    I'm in no way recommending this but.....When I broke my wrist, approx. 25 years ago, so my memory is hazy, I certainly was cycling at some stage and actually considered doing the KIMM in the Borders. I withdrew as I felt it wasn't the thing to do as a) They might not have allowed me to when I arrived at the 'sign-in' b) Potential for inconveiniencing MR services etc in the event of doing further damage etc. I guess I must have been doing a bit of running to even consider this but I'm not 100% sure.
    I've done 2 10-mile runs in past couple of days and felt ok - biggest issue is my neck is sore from the weight of the sling. I'm going to make an adjustment to the sling to ease that. I'm seeing a specialist on Tuesday, if he advises me against running I may listen to him, but otherwise I'm considering running the races I've got coming up, just won't be planning to run very hard. As you say though, I will email the ROs to confirm that they don't have a problem with it. That said, I've seen that guy running races with a crutch, so not sure what I'm worried about :-)

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    I broke my radius and had surgery to plate it back together. No cast, and a sling for only a couple of weeks, but wasn't allowed to run for 3 months or so, as far as I recall, in case I fell, put my arm out to break my fall, and bent the plate. I would imagine the same would apply for a broken wrist. Difference with me was, with it being plated, I didn't experience the atrophy described above as I was doing physio within 24hrs of the surgery and had full use for most day-to-day tasks very quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardB View Post
    Came off my bike 2 days ago and have broken my wrist. It's in a full cast for up to 6 weeks.

    I'm wondering whether I can run with it? That could just be gentle 2 mile road runs - and if so, have people worn a sling to do so?

    I'm totally pissed off - am planning May BGR attempt and was about to ramp training up. Concerned that even once cast is off that it will remain weak for a while and be next to hopeless for the scambling sections on legs 3 and 4.
    Once mainly healed I'd run. I qualified for wales at the Y3Ps with a broken wrist

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