The voice inside my head, who normally talks of boredom or quitting, told me to keep going, “The finish line is ONLY 3k away. You can’t give into the pain, not now, not when you’re this close!”
That’s how I finished my half marathon 3 weeks ago – determined, despite the pain.
I started the race feeling great and by the halfway mark I was feeling AMAZING! I was running strong and at a good pace. I was DEFINITELY going to PR!
Then IT happened. Around 18km I decided walk a bit – I had a dull nagging pain in my right leg and knee. But as soon as I stopped running my leg seized and the dull pain turned into sharp stabbing pain on the outside of my knee.
No, I did not PR, but I made it across that finish line…running-ish and trying to smile for the camera despite the tremendous pain.
(I was sure I was fooling the camera, but the pain was written all over my face…not a pretty shot…lol!)
For the next week I couldn’t bend my leg or put any weight on it. From my research it was most likely an issue with my IT band. Phew! This is a lot easier to recover from than a knee injury. I was told to roll the side of my leg (where your IT band lives) to help recover. Maneuvering myself on top of the foam roller was nearly impossible, so I used my sister’s marble rollingpin instead. Unfortunately, it didn’t seem to be working and just felt like I was irritating it more.
Morgan over at Wildly Fit recommended I see her physiotherapist – he has a lot of experience with runners. And so, after two weeks of rest, I had my first appoointment. I found out that I have tight hips, a loose lower back, and weak core and hip muscles. Not a good combination for running and probably has something to do with my injury.
But now we know. And now we are going to correct these problems. And make me a strong runner. And I will be able to *gulp* run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (yes, the full marathon) in October…WITHOUT INJURIES!
To be continued…