Ugh! This is not a pretty picture:
I’ve been on the sidelines this week trying to heal what I suspect is an IT band injury (Iliotibial Band Syndrome – ITBS). It’s weird because it only starts hurting while running. It first cropped up about a month ago starting around mile 9 of longer runs, but it has been starting progressively earlier. On my my most recent run, I felt the sharp pain on my outer right knee at the end of mile one. I’ve tried icing and some exercises, but Katie convinced me to take a week off. That’s a hard thing to do!
My biggest fear about taking extended time off is that I will not return to regular running (this has happened before). We are racing a 5k this upcoming weekend, so I’m hopeful that will spur me back into action. The really scary thing is that I have a read a lot of ITBS horror stories of people being sidelined for weeks or months before fully healing. I’m hoping 7 days off does the trick or else I’m gonna have to rethink my menu choices!
See you on the road (hopefully soon)!