It’s Thursday. I haven’t gone running once since Sunday’s 20 miler. The culprit? My dang ITB. Don’t I have a marathon to run in 2.5 weeks? Oh that’s right I do… crap.
So the whole marathon training thing has been going really, really well. Until Sunday when my knee freaked out and I was reduced to a hobble for the rest of Sunday, Monday, Tuesday… the good news? I can walk without limping today!
On Tuesday morning, I may or may not have had an emotional breakdown in front of the chemistry building while on the phone with my mom. After that phone call, I went to the health center and made an appointment for physical therapy. I’m going twice a week, now through the marathon. I’ve noticed a drastic difference in just the 2 visits I’ve gone to so far (hey, I’m not hobbling anymore!), so I’m really hopeful that this ITB flare up with go away.
My plan is to take this entire week off running (I’m afraid it’ll hurt if I try running yet) and maybe start next week, but I’ll be going to PT, foam-rolling, stretching, and icing like it’s my job now until May 16th.
I went to the rec center yesterday and was hoping to aqua jog for 30 minutes, but the pool was too busy. Instead, I hopped on the elliptical for 15 minutes, then did a little lightweight leg/hip/calf stuff, followed by a good 15 minutes of stretching. I miss lifting weights. I should get back into that after this marathon.
Have any of you run through ITB problems? I don’t want to fall out of shape over the next few days/weeks… What did you do to stay in ‘running’ shape?