Hello friends! As I wrote about before, I am still training for the Broad Street Run! However, things have been a little nutty lately. I was in Florida for vacation, home for a few days (that turned out to be really busy but fun!) and then was off to Florida again for work. Once I returned, I moved the next day into a new apartment.
I was feeling really exhausted from the move Friday, but wanted to be sure I got a long run in. Keep in mind, I hadn’t hit the pavement since I was on vacation. Regardless, I knew I needed this run to feel confident about the race. So I ran. For 9 miles.
The problem was, something on the outside of my knee started REALLY giving me trouble around mile 6. I stopped to walk for a few seconds, and it would feel ok. So I (admittedly dumb) just kept going. I really needed to see that number 9 to feel better about the days I had taken off and feel prepared for this race.
Well, I paid for it the last few days. According to Dr. Google I think it’s my IT band.
It appears to be a pretty common running injury that heals quick on its own if you rest it. I’ve been reading a lot about different stretches, and prevention. I headed out for a SLOW 4 miles tonight, and it seemed ok.
This did really get me thinking though. Without your health, you have nothing. It hurt to go up stairs, move, stretch and basically move all of Saturday and Sunday. Oh, and there is the fact that I don’t have a car and walk EVERYWHERE. My injury was thankfully not serious, but it did remind me of how important it is to take care of myself. I don’t want to fall off the wagon and end up sick and tired again. Without feeling good, I can’t do the things that bring me joy.
Have you had any injuries you’ve had to recover from? Any IT band advice for a newbie?