Merry Christmas a little late everyone! I hope everyone had a good one and that you enjoyed lots of time with friends and family. I sure did. There was a lot of eating and celebrating and hanging out which was great. I also got a really special combination virus/bacterial infection that knocked me out for the better part of last week but thanks to the miracle of drugs, I’m better. And somehow I got all my Christmas shopping done without shopping online, entering a mall or a Best Buy or a Target. I win.
I wish I could say that everything was going well when it comes to my running but the truth is, and it pains me more than you know to admit this, but I think I’m on the injured reserve list for a little while. My IT band on my left side is so tight and painful that I actually had to call my mom to come and get me during my run this morning. After 4 miles. I honestly could not take the pain any longer. I’m pretty sure this isn’t a special injury- a total classic presentation of symptoms: pain at the knee after 2-3 miles that stretches the length of the IT band and feels better once you stop and much better after stretching. But wow, that hurt. I have a high pain tolerance (not exaggerating here– I broke my arm and didn’t know it) but wow this was awful.
Now, I’m kind of a jerk. I have NO sympathy for whiny runners or people who claim, “it hurts.” The fact of the matter is that we have chosen a painful sport. If it doesn’t hurt, you’re doing it wrong. However, there is a difference between hurt because your muscles are sore and tight and you are working hard and hurt because you are injured. I believe I’m an experienced enough runner to know now that this is “hurt because I’m injured.” As awful as it is, this isn’t something I can just run through. And, if I’m honest, it’s hurt since CIM. Badly.
But anyway. My friend Leigh is a physical therapist who is an angel and came into the office on a Sunday to work on me which helped. He assured me that it’s not a special injury and just needs some time. I did some yoga and that helped stretch me out, but I guess I’m appealing to all ya’ll. Have any of you had an acute IT band issue? And if so, what in the world did you do to make it better? I DO NOT like it that I can’t really run faster than a 9:00 pace without a lot of pain and I REALLY DO NOT LIKE that I can’t run more than 3-4 miles at a time. I’ve stretched, I’ve foam rolled, I’ve iced… my ART doctor is on vacation for 2 weeks so… help a sister out here, please. I want to train hard. I want to PR. I don’t really want to run a marathon, but I want the option. I want to run without pain. Help!
Okay, hopefully the next post will be something like this: all my readers are geniuses and gave me the best advice ever and I just ran 23 miles at a 6:15 pace and I’m thinking about going to the Olympics, moving to Portland to train with Kara Goucher and I’ve signed a shoe contract with Nike.