I start training for the Boston Marathon in December. Spend all of January and February running on ice floes, on Saturday mornings, on Heartbreak Hill a dozen times, and feel great. Feel motivated.
Then March hits. Training intensifies. Which causes friends and acquaintances to ask "so, how's the running going?" to which I reply:
"Knock on wood, but I actually feel pretty good...."
It must be that I don't actually knock on the wood, because this is exactly the moment that something goes wrong.
Last year, it was the feet. Arch pain after my February 28 long run. Had to truncate all running except for the weekend long runs for the last 6 weeks. Made it to race day via 4 trips to a podiatrist who didn't really know what the problem was, another 4 to a professional Kinesio Taping, and a fair bout of angst and not sleeping.
This year, it just all happened 2 weeks later.
My hill run on Monday night seemed to be just the tip I needed into Illotibial (IT) Band Syndrome. (Which in addition to not liking how it feels, I also always manage to spell "illiobital".)
At least I think it was. All I know is that the outside of my right knee has been in noticeable pain while walking ever since then...and it took me a couple days to realize that it really wasn't my knee per se, but the thigh muscles above that are causing the strain. My marathon team coach believes that is also the correct diagnosis and sent along the links for icing and stretching and strengthening all those muscles.
So what is the first edict from all the good online doctors who write on the subject?
"Stop running."I haven't run since Monday. I may not do the long run tomorrow.
Oy. Stay tuned.
*thanks to boston.com for the shout-out.