Half Marathon Training: Week 9

Okay, I’m going to do everything I can to not make this a Debbie Downer of a post.

The good news is - I can now run almost three miles without pain. On Saturday, I was supposed to run 11 miles with my girlfriends. It didn’t happen and I regretted not getting the chance to run all day and all night. Sunday morning I rolled over, looked at the clock and hopped out of bed knowing I only had two hours before I had to head to Easter brunch.

I drove to Lake Calhoun and ran almost the entire way around. 2.82 miles before I was in pain. My IT band and I aren’t seeing eye to eye still and I want to scream at it until it decides to be nice again.

So, I’ve done lot of research and I found that this injury (Iliotibial Band Syndrome) is actually the second most common running injury! This made me feel better than I should probably admit. The good thing about the internet is that I can find almost everything I need to know about how to deal with it after just a few clicks of my mouse!

Here’s a better description of what the injury is - ‘The IT Band is a long band of tendinous tissue that originates on the outside of the pelvis and runs along the outer thigh all the way past the knee, attaching to the tibia.  It has been proposed that during running, the IT band passes from behind the femur to the front side of the femur as the hip extends.  As this happens, the lower part of the IT band may rub against the bulbous end of the femur, causing friction.  As the stride is repeated thousands upon thousands of time, the constant friction causes tissue breakdown, inflammation and thickening of the band in this area.  Pain emerges at the knee or ankle and becomes increasingly intense and long lasting as training continues.  Less commonly, pain occurs just below the hip.’  {source}

Long list of things that I’ve found about what you can do:

  • Buy new shoes
  • Rest
  • Stretch your hips like crazy
  • Foam roll
  • Use an elastic band to exercise your thighs
  • Lift weights focusing on your thighs
  • Inner thigh exercises

I bought new shoes and I took a week off of running. This week, I would love to run 12 miles and clear my head for good. Instead, I will do yoga twice, lift weights once, and go for another short run. I’m trying not to say it out loud… but, the odds of me getting to run the half marathon in Nashville is slim. I’m going to end up drinking beer and crying on the sideline while cheering on my lovely friends.


4 Responses to “Half Marathon Training: Week 9”

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — April 2, 2022 at 5:34 am

    ugh I can just feel your disappointment. Hoping that yoga and short runs help this week. I had a bad running week. I missed a 4 mile training run and my recovery run. Also my 9 mile was slow and painful. Looking forward to a new week and trying not to be disappointed that it will all be the treadmill since my husband is traveling this week. Also hoping he can be home by Saturday because the thought of running 10 miles on the treadmill makes me want to poke my eyes out.

    • Mackenzie — April 2nd, 2013 @ 7:20 am

      It’s always a bummer when you get close to a goal and realize you might not reach it. I hope you have great runs this week my dear!! Run for ME!

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    Christina @ Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe — April 23, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    Oh my gosh! What a total bummer this is! I’m so sorry to hear this. Hoping that since this is an older post, you’re now on the road to recovery Are you?!?!?!?!!?!? I know what a big deal running was to you.

    I just started running again, with my husband a few months ago and I was actually going to email you about some tips (because at first my knees and ankles were killing me)…but…gosh, you have WAY bigger fish to fry.

    GET BETTER, please!

    • Mackenzie — April 25th, 2013 @ 11:19 am

      It is a bummer, but I will be back to running soon I’m sure. Running with hubby?? So fun!! Keep it up lady!

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