I have little patience when it come to dealing with running injuries. I suspect most runners are that way. It's one thing to be injured in the dead of winter when there's not much happening but totally different to be injured in the middle of race season and missing out on trail racing and fun times with friends. My impatience got the better of me over the weekend and I decided to take a test run to see how my ITB would react to some very easy jogging. I've been treating the injury for three weeks now and I've taken the past two weeks off from running. I thought maybe I would be ready to resume training, easy training that is. I was wrong. I jogged for five minutes and then the knee pain returned. It was a short test and I failed it.
I'm disappointed it didn't go well but I'm glad I tried it anyway. I think it was good for me to get a dose of reality. Before taking the test run I was thinking I could get over this injury quickly and get back to running and racing this summer. Now I'm ready to accept that it's not going to play out that way. The Nipmuck Marathon is definitely not going to happen for me this year since it's only three weeks away. The Wakely Dam Ultra, my key race for the summer, is likely to become another race casualty to the ITB demon. Oh well, life goes on.
I'll continue with my current treatment plan an maybe try another test run in three weeks. If it goes well I may be able to salvage Wakely by using the run/walk method to get me through the 33 miles of wilderness. If it doesn't work out, I'll set my sights on the Pisgah 50K or Vermont 50M in September.
I feel much better now that I've given up hope.