When I started running I had no thoughts of running races or setting personal records (PR) all I was trying to do was lose the weight. As my mileage increased and my per mile times decreased, the idea of actually running a race seemed like the thing to do. That first year I tried to run every race I could get my hands on. I was constantly scouring the internet looking for races that I could fit into my schedule, which I know was annoying Mandy quit a bit. This past summer I put all my training eggs into one basket for the marathon and totally skipped out on a bunch of other smaller local races that I did last year. I had planned on doing a 10K right in the middle of my training, but thanks to my knee pain I was having at the time, I skipped the race so I could continue to rest my knee. In fact if it wasn’t for my sister being involved with that 5K a couple of weeks before the marathon, I wouldn’t have even done it. I put all my focus and energy into preparing for the marathon which is why, I believe, I had such a great race day experience. I loved every minute of that race and to be quite honest I can’t wait to do another one, but every since that race my running life has been a frustrating chain of events.
First I have pain in my ankle, then my knee pain comes back while running anything longer than 2-3 miles at a time. I keep telling myself that I just didn’t let my body heal up enough after the marathon, so I gave myself almost two weeks worth of time to rest and what happens my first run back, freaking knee pain. Because of this issue, I have missed out on a half marathon I wanted to do and at this point there is know way I am running the local turkey trot on Thanksgiving. It has really thrown me into a funk right now, mostly because I don’t know what to do. I know it is my IT band acting up again and I have read every little thing on this issue and no matter what I try nothing seems to work. Rest seems to be the number one prescribed treatment, but I have read so many stories about people who have rested for 6 months and on their first run back the pain returns. I have been icing, foam rolling, stretching and no matter what I run two to three miles and the pain returns.
This shit is so frustrating because all I want to do is run. I keep thinking do I really need to worry about getting faster and setting new PRs? The primary reason I fell in love with running is because it worked so well in aiding my weight loss. I would not be anywhere near where I am at with my weight loss if I couldn’t run, that I am sure of. The thing that I can’t stand is that I can’t run long distances right now, even if I slowed down to a turtle’s pace I would still have pain after a couple miles and long distance is what I am into right now. Hell I even started researching ultra marathons, but that is a freaking pipe dream with this knee pain. I had been thinking hard these past couple of weeks on my goals for 2015, I have even started writing about them and was planning on posting it this week, but at this point I don’t even know if consistent running is in my future little lone setting a pretty aggressive time or distance goal. If I can get this knee pain solved, I think running and having fun doing it will end up being my goal for 2015. Maybe get back to my attitude from 2013, were I was running any race I can get my hands on.
A couple of things I have read that can cause IT band syndrome is weak quads and core, shoes and running form. With this in mind I have started a body weight exercise routine that will hopefully help my entire body get stronger. I am also going to go this week and look into a new pair of shoes. I have been hearing great things about Altra brand shoes helping to correct and promote good running form with their zero drop design, so I am seriously considering going them a try as well. The last thing I am going to do after I give myself a little more rest is keep my runs short, 2-3 miles max. I think if I keep my IT band from getting irritated while getting stronger eventually I will be able to get back to long distances again. At least I hope so, I got a lot of important races coming up in April and early May.