Really great day today. It was 68 degrees here in RVA! I went to yoga and ran to and from the gym-only about .5 miles but pain free which is an improvement! I have PT again tomorrow and he said that I can run on the treadmill some and see how my knee feels. Then I hung out with my boyfriend, we took Miles on a long walk near the river/trails…not quite as awesome as spending the day trail running together but still pretty great :)
“Whatever we are working on, mulling over, avoiding, contemplating facing, or rehearsing in our minds becomes literal. It’s you and the thing and the thing becomes the hill and there you are — taking it on. There is a certain amount of clarity that oxygen deprivation provides. Couple that with pain and you get the inner hum that becomes white noise and suddenly you can think.”—K. Armstrong (via isensearunner)
It seems that we're both PT newbies, here's to a quick recovery for us both :) Also I am amazed at your 50k goals! Someday I'd love to be an ultra runner.
Thanks so much, I attempted my first 50k a few weeks ago and that’s how I developed ITBS. But I’m definitely hoping for a quick recovery so I can get back at it! Keep me updated with your recovery, it’s nice to know that someone else understands!
Went to my first PT appointment today. My IT band wasn’t super tight, so he thinks its more related to my quads/hips needing strengthening and mechanical issues related to my childhood ankle surgery. So I’ve got a bunch of strengthening exercises/stretches and will hopefully see an improvement soon. Not being able to run is driving me crazy. On a side note, official results from the 35k are finally posted, 4:15 and I got first in my age group.
Went to the drs for my knee/IT band pain…he recommended Physical Therapy so will be starting that next week. Fun. At least I can finally walk without limping now, but I really want to run and its already driving me nuts.
I went into this 50k knowing that my IT band was less than ideal, and therefore decided to just give it my best try. I had been icing, stretching, foam rolling, and taking ibuprofen all week, but it was still pretty sore. In a desperate attempt, I even bought an IT band strap to wear.
I drove to the race with my boyfriend, we were planning on running the 50k together. The course was set up to first run a 35k and then you could either chose to end there or continue on a different trail to complete the 50k. At the start of the race it was 20 degrees out, which felt really cold after our unseasonably warm weather lately!
Miles 1-5: I felt GREAT. Due to letting my IT band heal/tapering, I hadn’t run much all week and I felt amazing. Absolutely no knee pain. Quickly realized the course was EXTREMELY muddy and the frequent stream crossings were ankle deep freezing cold water. The trails were marked pretty well, but we still got lost a few times.
Miles 6-10: Reached the first aid station at mile 6. Still felt great/no knee pain. Realized that peanut butter pretzels taste awesome during a run.
Miles 10-15: Suddenly at the mile 10 aid station my knee started hurting.
Miles 16-20: Terrible. My knee has become so painful that running is barely possible. The reality of not being able to run the full 50k hits me hard. I wanted to push through and finish it, but I was worried of causing further injury/prolonging my recovery. I have a pretty high pain tolerance, but this was just not happening.
Finish: Official results still not posted but my garmin said around 4:15 for the 35k. My awesome boyfriend went on to finish the 50k. I’m glad to have at least been able to run the 35k but I’m still really disappointed. I’m seeing the dr on wednesday so hopefully can get this IT band stuff cleared up soon, and will attempt another 50k in the spring.
Some last minute 50k advice from an ultra runner friend of mine.
So it is getting towards “go” time!!! Ok…a few things to remember. One - YOU ARE READY. Do not doubt your training. Trust in it and know you are ready. Two - fuel early. Take in gels, food, fluid early. This will help you not to hit the wall too early. Three - don’t go out too hard or two soft. Go out slightly slower than marathon pace. Four - enjoy the hell out of it. Smile, thank the people on the course, cheer others on. This will help the mileage go by and you will enjoy it more. Five - DO DO ANYTHING YOU HAVE NOT TRAINED. This is not the time to get “crazy” and do some silly shit. Just go in with the mindset of a training run. You WILL be great.