Training for Athens just hasn't happened. First I was planning on doing the full, then I fell on the ice. I thought I dodged the bulled because I managed to miss my knee, rather got the outside of my lower left leg. That was tight, so I compensated, which lead to all over tightness. My MT mashed on it which helped, but what I really needed was to take time off running. But, did I stop?! NO!!!
I just wasn't able to hammer out the long miles, so I decided to settle for the half. Well, that wasn't happening either. Apparently, I was compensating for a tight left leg, which messed up my right leg. Two weeks ago, my run just felt wrong. My pace was way off and I just couldn't get anything going. Did I stop?! NO!!! I was attempting to get the run in before church so was doing my long run on the track. At one point, I stopped to stretch. I attempted to start running again but my legs--specifically my right knee--informed me I was DONE. Uh, okay. Now how the heck am I going to get back to the van?!
Son1 and I had planned on a ride that afternoon. I took Sapphire out for a spin around the neighborhood and my knee loosened up quite nicely. We loaded up the bikes and went for a good 25mi ride. So maybe I'm okay after all?
I pretty much decided that Athens was out. Runner that I am, I looked for another race. I found one that's nearly the same--Earth Day, which is two weeks later. So maybe I can salvage this thing.
For the past couple weeks, we've been repeating this non-sense. I run. It hurts. I ride. It loosens up. No real improvement, just degrees of hurt. My numbers aren't there, but I"m still running, so all is good. Right???
This morning I got ready for my run. I was feeling pretty good after yesterday's ride. So I stretched. I rolled. Maybe, just maybe, I could knock out a good 6-8. I made it to the end of the driveway. Nope. This thing hurts. I don't need to run. I need to... rest.
Soooooooo........... there will be no running for a while. How long, I don't know. Most likely no HM this spring. Hopefully by letting this stupid thing heal I can salvage the rest of my season. But, yah, it sucks.....
crap. i've struggled with ITB stuff for a long time, no denying it's there! sorry you're dealing with this, i know how frustrating it is but i hope your rest, rolling and massage settles things down and you can move into a painfree tri season.