I have written in a while. Sorry world. Starting a new job, bad weather, and bad knee have all added up. This week was the first time in over two weeks I started running again. Monday and Wednesday were tough runs. I ran yesterday as well an did 5 miles. No problems and I felt good during and after the run.
Today I ran the Lehigh Valley Half Marathon for my last long run before the marathon. It was tough and my knee is not doing well. Very sore this evening. I had some pain through out the whole race. The most pain came when I was running up hill. Not good.
I am debating running the Half Marathon in Pittsburgh. With all the hills in the marathon especially the second half, I am very nervous. I know I can do a half, but I don't know if my knee and body can handle the full. This whole thing makes me so frustrated. I am calling the doctor tomorrow. See whats really going on.
I trained for the marathon and knowing I may not be able to run the race is so hard. I just have to see what happens.
I had a bad week for running. I actually did not run. I have not run since last Saturday. Eight days since my last run. I have an injury. I have IT Band Syndrome. I have done a lot of RICE. Today was the first major workout I have done since the IT band problems surfaced last Saturday. I do not have the pain I was experiencing all week. I don't feel 100% so that is why I have done any running. I do not want to risk any more problems with the marathon so close. I will hopefully start running this coming Saturday. I know not running for two weeks is not great but I can't risk feeling as bad as I have this past week.
I bought a foam roller which has helped tremendously. I have also been doing a lot of stretching. This week I will focus on low impact exercise with a lot of stretching. When I do start running again it will be smaller distances. I don't know if I will get another 20 mile run in before the race. In my head I don't really plan on doing anything more than 12-13 miles. No ideal but I would be devastated if I could not run this marathon. I have been training since Christmas. I put too much time and effort into this to risk greater injury. I am going to be smart about my training for the next month.
I am extremely nervous about this marathon especially with some unexpected injuries. I am going to be smart.