The docs have figured out what they want to do to my elbow, and it doesn’t look like it’ll be as complicated as I thought. They’ll clean out bone fragments and scar tissue and some other junk and while I’m under try to get movement in the muscles and joint. All the bones have healed.

It’s hard to describe how my elbow feels. It’s not painful; it just is very limited in its movement, as if the muscles, particularly the bicep, are too short to extend or flex. So we’ll see what happens, on Friday. I got some tips about a runner’s Podcast, DumpRunnersClub from PigtailsFlying which I’ll load into my wife’s iPod for the hospital stay, which I hope will only be one night. (When I was in for the first operation, it was August 23 or, more particularly, August 24 in Beijing so I watched the men’s marathon that night on a tiny TV above my head. As I later watched the taped track coverage and as the 5000 entered its final 200 — the final 200 of the Games — a nurse came in to take my temperature. I told her to wait for 30 seconds, and she said that there were more important things than a race and I told her she was wrong.)

Once that’s done and I’m cleared to run again, I’ll be able to focus again and get into a training regimen. My recent approach was to have done enough to minimize the disruption/expedite the recovery. I’ve gone through Brad Hudson and Matt Fitzgerald’s Run Faster as well as Allan Besselink’s RunSmart (the subject of an earlier thread here) and I’ll have more to say about them later.

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