Is it just me or was this a really long week? I'm looking forward to starting fresh tomorrow. This next week is for sure going to be better than the last week.
Last week was pretty rough for me. Fainting while babysitting topped off my disappointing week but I was also really tired and dragging. I was also having to deal with sore legs. My legs took a loooong time to recover from the half marathon on Saturday and were still tender by midweek. I skipped my 3 mile run on Tuesday because I knew my legs weren't up to it but by Thursday I felt like I needed to get out and do something. I went for my usual 6 mile run and felt great... for the first 3 miles.
Then on mile 4 my IT (iliotibial band) started to hurt tremendously and I started feeling shooting pain up and down my leg and I ended up walking a lot of the way home.
I've always had issues with my knees and I've had to be really careful with them. Several years ago I was running 5 miles a day without proper stretching and I ended up hurting my knee so badly that I had to completely stop running. I picked up running about a year ago and the same problem came right back immediately. The problem was so bad that I couldn't even make it around the block one time.
I've been so amazed and impressed that this time around I have had relatively few problems with my knee and I've been running so much further and faster. I self diagnosed my knee pain and am pretty sure that I experienced/am experiences IT Band Syndrome. This time around I've been really good about stretching and icing and I've just been thrilled that I haven't had problems that have prevented me from running.
However, on Thursday the pain that I was feeling was back to the level of pain that I felt several years ago when I had to drop running completely. I was so worried that I wouldn't be able to recover from this and that I wouldn't be able to complete the marathon.
Thankfully, several days before this I had ordered a large foam roller and a special brace for the IT Band. They came in the mail on Friday and I promptly started rolling myself out on the roller (can i say OUCH!?) and wearing the brace.
I had planned to run 17 miles this weekend but was very doubtful that I'd be able to do much after my experience Thursday.
But wonder of wonders, I ran 17 miles yesterday!!!
I took it very slow, so slow in fact that my poor mother started worrying and was in tears by the time I came home :(. When she realized I had been gone for awhile she started calculating what time I should be back based on my half marathon time. I also miscommunicated with her and she thought I was running 15 miles. Oh man, I felt awful! It took me about 3 hours and 15 minutes. The first half was great, the second half... not so much. I had to start taking stretch breaks at every light to stretch out my extremely tight IT band.
I also didn't bring enough fuel with me. I only brought 16oz of water and was needed more. I did end up stopping at a gas station but next time I'll have to bring 3 water bottles instead of just two. I also ran out of energy gummies.
I'm proud of myself and amazed that my body is able to run 17 miles. I know I can improve the time and I'm not worried in the least. I wanted to be gentle with my knee, especially since I knew I probably shouldn't be running on it at all.
Since my run:
...My feelings exactly
Whoever imagined hell as a fiery dungeon was obviously never subjected to an ice bath ;)
Lots of icing
Lots of time spent with the heating pad :)
Several brisk walks and of course lots of stretching
And I'm recovering much more quickly than last week.
I'm extremely optimistic about some new stretches I found for the IT Band: http://runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=6099&PageNum=1
And I'm positive that if I saw that much improvement in my knee after half a day with the foam roller and the knee brace that I will definitely be able to continue training for the marathon :)
I use mine right above the knee cap