Interestingly enough, my little 4 mile run last night had me more sore this morning than when I did my 10 miles on Saturday. Not really sure how that happens but my legs feel fine and no ongoing ITB issues so far. So I would say that was a win and a very successful run.
I know I’m not the only runner out there that goes off the rails when little challenges pop up and we are left scrambling to right the ship. That was me on Monday when I ranted all over the blog about potential injury. Well like any sane person, I was all over the Web yesterday once again researching all things ITB; stretches, exercises, supports, taping, blah blah blah. There was no pain in my ITB, just some general tightness, and it still had me worried sick that my 4 miles was going to be dreadful.
Most of the night was spent watching the Cavs battle through game three of the NBA finals and when that was over, I knew it was time to run. I was still worried but I had a good plan and knew I needed to get my run over with. Train Smart!! I grabbed Buster and we set out for 4 miles.
No judgment on anyone else, this is simply a gauge on what I’m use to and my own fitness level….Buster and I were plodding along at a dreadfully slow pace. The plan was to trudge along at whatever pace felt comfortable and did not create any pain in my legs. At times this was even walking, I blame it on Buster since he is out of shape, but honestly it was me just testing my legs. The whole run was an ever constant mantra in my head to run tall, keep my legs under me, watch my foot plant, and don’t over stride. I’ve never been so happy to run a double digit pace, I was thoroughly pleased at the end of the run. I got home, no pain in the legs, stretched, still no pain, took a shower, still no pain, laid down for bed, and still no pain. Then came the big test, I woke up this morning, still no pain, got ready for work, and still no pain. As you can see, ITB has me absolutely crazy LOL.
Like I said, not sure how it happened, but the lumbering run last night truly has me sore today. But I’ll take the sore and tired legs over knee pain any day of the week. So I’m calling this a wildly successful run in the books and looking forward to Thursday.
Okay so who goes all WebMD on the web when they are trying to diagnose pain or an illness? I don’t use WebMD when I’m sick but I research my running pains like crazy. I can’t just sit around, I need some instructions on how to fix the situation lol.