For the past two weeks, during my long runs, my right IT band has really tightened up and been quite painful, to the point I had to stop and walk. I am really concerned. 13 days until Dallas and I have this issue! Here is the plan: no more running until Dallas. My triathlete friend says that this close to the race my fitness is already set, but that speed will be the issue. I’ve never been really consumed with speed. I just want to finish. So, I’ll rest it, lay off running and do only spin class and other cardio exercises. There is little to no swelling, and by this morning the pain has all but disappeared. I plan to ice it twice a day after stretching the fool out of it, while popping Ibuprofen.
This is really frustrating. Just when I get to the point where I feel good about this, I have another nagging injury. I was supposed to run 8 yesterday, but eeked out 6.4, the last 3/4 mile walking.
The problem is that until 3.5 miles into my run yesterday, everything felt great. My feet felt good, had no calf or achilles issues, my pace was solid, then wham!
If you are the praying type, say a little one for me and my mood and my IT band.