My plan for June was to refrain from running and continue with rehabbing my ITB but I still held on to the hope of running Wakely in July. The lure of Wakely won out over common sense and I started training two weeks earlier than planned. I felt encouraged that running 3-4 miles every other day on flat surfaces did not cause any knee pain. I added a slightly longer 5 and 7 mile run on the weekend and still no pain. Things were looking up!
Total Miles: 37
Longest Run: 7
# of Runs: 8
Avg Run: 4.6
With Wakely only three weeks away I decided to test the ITB on a longer run with more challenging terrain this weekend. I needed to know if I could handle some distance before driving 5 hours to the Adirondacks for the race. The good news is I covered 10 miles in the blistering heat. The bad news is my knee was in pain by mile seven. I probably should have walked the last three miles out of the woods, but I didn't. I can be stubborn at times.
I have to be realistic about my injury. It's just not going to heal as quickly as I would like. Any thoughts of racing (or training) long distances have to be banished for now. I'll rest and ice for a few days and go back to my boring 3-4 miles runs. It's better than no running at all. I'm sure you're sick of reading about this injury as much as I am of writing about it so I'll be signing off for now. I won't be back until I have something positive to say. I hope it's not too long.
Have a nice summer....