Sunday, August 11, 2013

The dreaded IT Band...

Today's workout: 8 miles
Year total: 621 miles

Today capped off my second week for Runners World Half Hat Trick training!! It's exciting and nerve racking all at the same time. Exciting for crossing another week of training off the calendar, and nerve racking - well because its another week closer to race day. 

I know North Park is crazy on Sundays, so I decided to waiting until a little later in the afternoon to run. Crazy, yes. August is still summer. It wasn't very humid so I knew I could handle the hot. 

I only recently learned how to run long and slow. I have always been so crazy with pace and times that I would use my long runs as races. I wanted to be as prepared as possible for race day. This led to an awful dislocated hip a few weeks before my first half last November. During my first attempt at marathon training, I learned my lesson and didn't care about time on my long runs. 

But because I'm Irish and quite stubborn, I still wanted to average under a 10 minutes per mile. 

I decided to do this run a bit differently. Normally I just do laps around the five mile loop, but I didn't want to be distracted today. So, at the four mile mark, I turned around and did what I just finished. 

First four miles felt really good. Comfortable and not as crowded as yesterday. Stayed right around 9:10-9:15 and was very pleased with my consistansy. There was a nice breeze and clouds kept the sun away at points. This is going to be a great day! 

During a race I usually stop for water around mile six. It's when my second wind usually kicks in and it just makes sense. So I stopped for some water and started back on my way. Not even ten steps in, my left leg stopped moving. 


I'm a mile and a half from my car, and I have no choice but to keep going. I know it's my IT Band. I've had problems with my IT Band since I was a freshman in high school (12 years ago). It actually landed me in physical therapy and pretty much prevented me from running in college. 

I did a few quick stretches and took it easy on the downhill. Of course there is a downhill right when the flair up happens. Just my luck. 

I still finished the mile under 10 minutes, and my second wind has kicked in. The final mile was pure grit at this point. I knew my leg was still in pain, but I have learned how to block it out for long enough to get the job done. 

Finished the final mile in 9:47 and wanted to cry. Sweat dripping everywhere, leg screaming and maybe a bit of sunburn, but you know what, i still hit my goal. 

This is the longest run I have done since my last half at the end of June. Plus, I am a few miles away from my July mileage total. We are only 11 days in to the month! 

I earned my rest day tomorrow. Tuesday starts the hardest 10 weeks of training I have done. Training for three races in two days is a little crazy, but I'm ready. 

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