On Saturday, after my “Happy, Happy, Happy” run, I commented: “I’m not going to celebrate and push my IT band too hard (yet), but it did feel good both mentally and physically to see those numbers.”
On Sunday, I went for a nice and easy, 12-mile, trail run and felt pretty good after – just a slight “notice” from my IT band, which I rolled out…throughout the day.
Yesterday, I rested…but still used the foam roller and Stick.
Today, I decided to go for it and try my scheduled, six-mile run without walk intervals…with the thought that I would drop back to a run/walk pattern at the first IT Band twinge. My thought was to just run, focus on form, pace,…the essentials, and not think about Mr. ITB.
The twinge never happened!!! [though I honestly kept waiting]
I ended up with a wonderful steady state run that felt fantastic…and was back at my half marathon PR training paces!
After I got home, I walked for a bit, got ready for work, and used the foam roller again before I left.
I know Mr. ITB will probably still let me know he’s around occasionally and today doesn’t equate to a complete recovery; but, it was a welcome victory! I still plan on taking things slow and steady. I know the run/walk plan works and will still use it to recover – but I sooo want to get back to straight running, at least to the half marathon distance.
I’ll be back on the bicycle tomorrow, just to give things a rest/change-up.
Giddy-up! – Kramer
Training Journal – 7/23/13:
- Current plan: Mix of running and biking right now
- Today’s session: 6 mile run
- Comments: I did 6.5 miles @ 8:10 avg pace