I ran the Pittsburgh Half Marathon this weekend. I officially switched races. I loved the race. It was very tough. My left knee did not feel good the whole race, and I had to go to the bathroom. I did my pre-race bathroom run, but I need to use the facilities during the race. I tried to stop at the first restroom area. I was next in line but the person in front of me was taking way too long. I could wait that long without risking my knee tightening up. I finally got to use the restroom around mile 8. I still had some waiting to do but not too bad.
The face support in Pittsburgh was amazing. So much fun. The bands were a great addition, and all the festivals in the neighborhoods made me keep going. I loved that the start was in the middle of downtown and the finish at the Stadiums. My favorite moment was on the North Shore with the Gospel Choir. The South Side was great with all of the people out supporting the runners. However, nothing beats the finish with Clemente Bridge and all the roads to the Finish Line filled with supporters. Thank you Pittsburgh. I will definitely be back and this time running the Full Marathon.
I was able to go to the doctor about knee. I was diagnosed with IT Band Syndrome. I had a feeling that is what the problem was but I was afraid that I might also have other underlying issues especially with my meniscus. I learned that IT Band Syndrome is caused by over training. I now have to take about 4-6 weeks off from running and high impact exercises. I was also given a topical cream for the pain. I cannot wait to get back running and running without pain.
Next time I train for a marathon I will have to look at my training. I know some of problems come from teaching a lot of group exercise classes. That should not be a problem now. I will not have to teach at all if I don't want. I also have to see maybe I should minimize my distances during the week. I also think I peaked to early for Pittsburgh. I did some of the those longer distance races in the late winter and early spring. I was not quite at those distances yet but I wanted to make sure I could run the longer distances.
I can't wait to rest today. Time to take some much needed time off. I can't wait to train for another event.