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
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.