Well, my marathon training has finally hit the rocky stage, for I have been out with an IT Band injury for the last two weeks.
It all started with my great run a couple weeks ago (the one where I flew down the track at a speedy 11:30 pace for 5 miles). The next day I felt fine again, so I went even harder with a quick 3 mile run.
That was a baaaaad idea. By running around the track so frequently (and oftentimes, the same direction), I’m pretty sure the sharp turns hurt my left IT band. Every run since those two runs have been the same: start off well for the first two miles, and then my left knee hurts like the dickens.
Thus far, I’ve been forced to cut my weekly mileage back from 20-25 miles a week to a mere 6-10 miles a week. My hopes for Fargo are starting to dwindle, but I’m determined not to give up yet. I’m going to try to ease back into running by keeping my cardio up on biking workouts and shorter running spurts. I’m just waiting for the day I can run 5 miles again without having to limp off the treadmill…
Running is my escape nowadays. With the most difficult semester of my schooling, work, and sorting out the loose ends for my job, I have found that running is the only thing keeping me sane.