It’s almost time for the Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon in Hampton where I have a chance to run with my running twin and lots of my friends in Virginia. That being said, I have faced some setbacks in training. I’m talking to you, hills.
Since the move to Philadelphia, I haven’t been stretching as I should, nor have I seen my sports doctor to keep me flexible and injury-free. Add the lack of stretching to running on hills all the time, plus a tendency to run on the outside of the foot, and you have your IT bands begging for mercy, one of the most common injuries in runners and an injury I’m susceptible to acquire. The IT (iliotibial band) runs from your hip all the way down to your knee, and when mine is injured it feels like my whole leg is on the verge of collapsing any second.
Due to IT band issues, I decided to cut back on my mileage, no more 50-60 mile weeks but 35 mile weeks instead, added more swimming and yoga to my workouts, and switched from the full to the half marathon in Richmond, which is the biggest bummer because it would have been my third year in a row running that race. I was really looking forward to getting my finisher’s fleece blanket. Oh well, I’ll just have to steal Phil’s. I’m also seeing a new sports doctor and getting physical therapy.
So, as much as I would like to train for the Richmond full marathon, I have to admit to myself that I can’t right now. And that’s the hardest part. Even though I tell others to rest, cut back on miles, blah, blah, blah… I tend to run through injury resulting in more rest time. I’m silly like that sometimes. I should take my own advice and the advice of my former running coach, The Running Blonde. I can see her telling me to take it easy now much to my chagrin.
I am thankful that I can still run while recovering, and I now know that I should never, ever neglect stretching, rolling, or underestimate the power of yoga. Now, it’s time to focus on half marathon training and getting faster. That’s a whole different challenge I CAN handle.