Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Still running . . . sort of

Have you been reading my blog (the 5 of you who still actually read . . .) and thought it ironic that the title is Marathon Mom, yet I NEVER talk about running anymore? Well . . . I do still run. I guess its just become a regular part of my routine, so it hardly seems noteworthy.

Until this weekend, when I got injured. Developed an injury I suppose - it really isn't something that happened all at once. My knee has been bothering me for awhile, and I've been treating it with ibuprophen and occasional rest. But, since I typically run for distance and not speed, its been kept at bay. But this past Saturday, I had 10 miles scheduled as part of my training for a half-marathon next month. It was feeling good. Too good, and I was pushing the pace up a hill much faster than I should (running for speed always seems to get me injured). And I felt good - until suddenly I didn't feel good anymore. That nagging knee pain suddenly went from non-existent to a 9.5 on the pain scale.

I tried walking. I tried running slowly. Eventually, I just went home, cutting my run short by 3 miles. My knee still hurt the next morning too. In fact, its bothered me all weekend.

I think its my IT band, which is apparently a common running injury. But not so treatable. I've been trying to stay off it - I ran 2.5 slow miles today - and to treat with stretching and NAISDs. But it still hurts, and I'm discouraged.

So, maybe Marathon Mom isn't such a good name anymore. Send me healing vibes please.


Christi said...

healing vibes being sent.
Do you have a good knee brace?


Jen said...

Oh man that sucks! I hope it's feeling better soon, knee problems are no fun I know!!!

LisserB said...

I think I have the same injury. I rested it all winter (wimp, I know), and there is still too much snow for me to go out safely yet, so I don't know how well I'll do this year. I need to get on my tread-climber to at least get started getting back into shape.

Good Luck.