Saturday- Rest…but ran one mile the night before as a quick warm up. Everything felt good and I was ready to go!
Sunday- 13.1 Miles at the Detroit International Half Marathon The first 5k felt great! The rest…not so much.
On Sunday, I managed to make a reoccurring injury angry while running my first Half Marathon this past Sunday. It seems to have been the perfect storm of things I wasn’t supposed to do all happening at once. And then I ran/walked on it for another 9 miles. Awesome. So this week, my workouts have been simple. Rest.
I’ve also spent a good chunk of time this week trying to figure out exactly what it was that I did to myself, and maybe see if there’s a way to fix it. Even if it’s just a temporary fix for another month or so until I can fully rest for a good chunk of time. Seems to me, that it is ITB Syndrome. I’ve read about people with IT band injuries, but really only thought that those were on the outsides of the thighs. And just looking at a chart of it, you’d probably think that as well. But the point of pain is on the outside of my knee and it starts to hurt after running for a few miles. If my foot is landing wrong it can affect it, or if the band itself is tight, it can cause problems.
SO! At least I have an idea of what I’m dealing with now. So I’m going to continue to rest it next week and wear my knee brace when I need to. I also found a video explaining how to use KT tape for this type of pain, so I will probably try that at some point this weekend. Also, as soon as I can run again (hopefully before 11/9 because that’s the next race…) I’m going to go on a hunt for some new running shoes. There are a variety of running stores in the area that I’m going to look at and maybe get a few different opinions to see if there is any overlap in suggestions. I also found some exercises to help prevent and heal this type of injury, so I put in an order for some TheraBands today, so I can get that going in another week.
Hopefully I can get this thing figured out for good, because I’m starting to compile some possible races for next year!
Have a fabulous weekend!