So last saturday, July 30th, as usual, we had our marathon training at White Rock Lake. This week, we were doing hill training in the neighborhoods around the park.
For the last 2 months, I’ve been suffering from IT band issues. The IT band is a group of muscles around the outside of the knee. Running, while it hasn’t been impossible, is more difficult, and is more like limping at this point. They say the only thing that really helps the pain go away is adequate stretching, and a foam roller.
With that being said, I had been talking to the marathon coach, claire about whether I should try to go to training or continue to stay off of it. We agreed that training with the walkers this week may be a better option; I didn’t want to hurt myself any more, but didn’t want to lose any progress.
On saturday, in order to further avoid the heat, we started training 30 minutes earlier, at 6am. I overslept slightly, so I didn’t get to do as much stretching as I had hoped before training began.
But I still walked.
I walked mostly with Tina, who I think is the walking group coach. During the walk, we talked about fundraising, and she gave me some ideas. We also talked about other races, such as training for an Ironman (something that may be interesting to do, one day, but that whole swimming thing). AND WE TALKED ABOUT PUPPIES. WHO DOESN’T LIKE PUPPIES.
We had walked maybe a mile. At this point we were somewhat into a neighborhood with some beautiful homes. The coach Claire was filming a video for a friend who was currently suffering from leukemia. At which point she pulled me over because I was limping.
I wasn’t mad at her or anyone else – more frustrated at the situation. I’ll finish this marathon any way it goes, and thought I was fine and really wanted to walk. I’m trying to do more stretching & work with this injury, but progress isn’t being made as fast as I like. Plus, that is compounded by having a desk job & sitting / not doing much walking all day.
But I guess I can’t do anything but keep stretching & keep going, right?
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