I haven't stopped on a run since I started running. It was a weird feeling. I walked for about 1/4 mile and then finished out my run. The result? For the rest of the day, I could barely walk up stairs, barely pick up my son, etc. I knew it was my IT band, so I did some research when I got home:
- You could be running on uneven surfaces. Check your shoes to see if there are any wear patterns on the outside. Nope.
- You haven't been stretching. Nope.
- You've gone too fast, too soon. I thought about that one. I've been pretty good about mileage. Only 10% increase every week (if that).
So here's the conundrum: I have 2 major races in the next 2 months. One is a 10 miler that's in less than 2 weeks (March 29th). Then, the HM is in early May. I have to coach golf. It's in my contract and I love doing it. I have to run these races. I paid money for it, so I'm committed. I also know that I need to rest my knee, stretch it, ice it, and pop the occasional Tylenol to heal.
Can I do the 2 races? How did this not happen last year when I was coaching golf? How long do I stay off the roads?
The thing that sucks is is that the 2 activities that I'm most passionate about are negating any progress in either.
Not a good way to start the week.