Good News: My IT is feeling much, much better. My pigeons are getting deeper and I can hold them longer. I no longer curse at the foam roller (well, not out loud, but sometimes still a little in my head). In fact, over the weekend, I was feeling so good I thought I’d go for a short run Sunday morning and test things out. I set out for a two-miler with the hope that maybe I could stretch it out to four miles.
Not-as-Good News: I only made it two miles. The first mile felt great and I had to concentrate on not running too fast. By mile 1.5 I started feeling my knee a little bit, then a little bit more. By the 2-mile mark, it was clear I shouldn’t go further. The biggest bummer was that it hurt a little for the rest of the day. I wasn’t surprised by this outcome so much as I was disappointed by it. In fact, I think the mental setback hurt as much as the physical one. In my mind, all I can hear is the tick-tock of the marathon countdown clock and the “what-ifs” are killing me. What if I can’t get in another long run? What if I hurt myself worse by trying to run too soon? What if I can’t run the marathon at all??
Good News: When I got up this morning, I felt great again! No lingering soreness, no phantom pains.
More Good News: I went for a little bike ride this morning and still felt great. I kept it at an easy spin speed (aka, effin’ slow!) and my hip/leg/knee felt strong the whole time.
Conflicting News: The research I’ve been doing (I’m not a doctor, I just play one on the internet…) has turned up the conflicting advice that I should rest and avoid any activity that irritates my IT (such as running, cycling, soccer and bowling), but also that I can take my intensity down a notch and continue to run reduced mileage. The problem here is that my mileage is already really, really low. I spend more training hours in cross-training than running. And even my cross-training hours have been lower lately. In spite of the Cool Running website’s assertion to the contrary, I just don’t believe this is an overuse injury. So, how the heck did I strain my IT?? I’ve been driving myself nuts with this question all week. So many things have changed in my training over the last few months. Is it being on my feet all day at my job? Is it the strength training I’ve added to my routine? Am I somehow straining my hips by riding in aero position more and more? Could it be something simple, like my shoes need to be replaced? Well, like I always say – when in doubt, go shopping!
Conclusions: I don’t actually have any. I’m not quite willing to give up the marathon, so I’m going to play the wait-and-see game for a little bit longer. Tick-tock.