Issue #1: Ice
It was 40 degrees when I ran this morning, but there was still a lot of frozen runoff on my path. Some were pretty bad and I couldn't really run on the side of the road, so I walked it. I figured I didn't get this far to get injured. Speaking of injury....
Issue #2: IT band
Mr. IT Band made a guest appearance at around Mile 10. From about mile 11 on, I found myself in a run/walk pattern. Usually, I can adjust and run through the pain, but at mile 19, it was so bad my running pattern was completely altered. I stopped and walked the last 1/2 mile home.
Is it 20*? Who knows. I was in forward motion for 20 miles, so that should account for something I guess.
The IT band baffles me. I've had no problems with it during training. Here's what I'm telling myself so that I don't freak out in a couple of weeks:
- Icy roads contributed to me running on a LOT of uneven surfaces.
- The route I took consisted of a lot of hills. Something that you really haven't had to deal with on your long runs.
- I went out too fast. I was at least 1:00/mile under my usual long run pace. I dialed it down after about 6 miles or so.
What's next? Ibuprofen, ice and The Stick. Religiously.
My question to BlogLand is: Should I even try all of my mid-week runs (3 of them) or should I scale back? Technically, I guess I'm in "taper mode", but my head says I should scale back. I just don't know how much. I just want to be prepared and injury-free for the race. Do I need to re-do the 20 miles? I'm at a loss. Thoughts?