I am running again. I literally took the whole summer off from running. My left leg IT band was so sore and painful after last springs training and race, I knew I needed a break. I did remain active throughout the summer with golf, walking, and biking. I bought a bike after the marathon to help with cross-training. I love being outside and a bike was a great option. I work in a Wellness Center so all the equipment I need is right outside my office door. I also played a lot of golf. I am a golfer through and through. Being on a golf course is like being home. I also did not want to run because the IT problems affected my golf game. I had some soreness at the beginning of summer while playing golf and even had to walk off the course due to severe pain in my left leg. However, in the last 6-8 weeks I have not had any problems.
I just started running again this week. For the next 2-3 weeks I do not plan on running more than 2-3 miles probably only 2-3 times per week. I started running on the treadmill. I was recommended by a family member to try the treadmill first because of the "shock absorption" that treadmills apply. I do not want to start pounding the pavement to go back on the injured list. I am not really sore except in my leg leg on the lateral side. I will not lie, it makes me nervous. The problem area. I know IT band syndrome is from over-training and poor stretching. I need to be very careful.
I did sign-up again for the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon in May. I am very excited to run in the race, again. It was so much fun last year. I hope to have a good training season. I will definitely limit the races I do in the spring to keep my body in shape. This is another exciting time. My true training will begin after the new year but I am just trying to get my running legs under me again
Happy Running and Happy Fall