Ok... so as you can see by the ticker over on the right, I have just over 2 days until the Georgetown to Idaho Springs 1/2 Marathon..
Yikes... this race will be my longest run to date. I'm not too worried about the distance, as I've run 10 several times, and 11.5 on Sunday... BUT Sunday's run welcomed me to the world of ITBS. Those of you that run a lot are probably familiar with this, but being a relatively new runner, I had yet to experience the joy of this issue...
I had been having knee twinges and pains in runs leading up to Sunday for about a week, but figured it would pass. On mile 7, it hit me hard... a nasty stinging and weakening pain in my knee.. felt ok walking, but running.. not so much. I tried a number of stretches and changes in gait to get it to fade, but no luck. Hobbled along with a run/walk for another 4.5 miles ( I was determined to get my longest run in, so I had to go over 10.5). Clocked those around 14-15min miles :-(.
I had no idea what was going on, all I knew was I was frustrated and mad. Everything else was feeling great, and I knew I could make the 14 no problem.... And, my biggest concern was how it would impact my 1/2 this Saturday. Fortunately, I have an amazing daughter, who also happens to be a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), and soon to be physical therapy assistant. She called me (after I texted her because that how it works for folks her age) and I explained my symptoms.. eventually arriving at everything pointed to ITBS.
So... my plan is to run this race and see what happens... I'm hoping for a final minute hail mary pass to bring me through to the end of my first half mary... here goes nothing!
My original goals were: A) under 2:15 B) under 2:30 C) Finish... now I'm adding D) not permanently damage myself!
Anyone running a race this weekend?