After 3 weeks off from running to heal my IT band, I tentatively returned to running 2 Saturdays ago. My 9-year-old son is in the Marathon Kids program at school, where the kids run 26 miles over the course of the school year. He was looking to get in a mile run to help increase his total mileage for the year.
The weather was perfect — sunny, dry and in the 50s. So we headed off to Sugar Land Memorial Park to hit the trail together. When we run together, I always let Peter set the pace, so that he does not go too fast trying to keep up with me. We had a nice run around the jogging path, which is slightly more than a mile. It was good mother-son bonding time, and I enjoyed our conversation. When we rounded the corner and could see the pavilion where we had started, I challenged him to sprint to the end. We both took off at full speed, and he beat my by just a nose!
The biggest thrill of all, though, was that my IT band didn’t bother me at all on that run. So, I figured I was ready to start training for my next event — Angie’s Half-Crazy Half-Marathon on March 27. I found an intermediate level, 8-week half-marathon training schedule to follow.
My first run was this morning — 3 miles at an easy pace. Thankfully, I made it out the door before the awful, Arctic cold front blew through town. I felt good and hit the 1-mile mark about 20-30 seconds faster than my normal pace. But at mile 2, I felt that familiar twinge in my IT band. Not pain, but the feeling of soft tissue tightening up. I ended up walking most of the last mile to avoid further injury.
I think, for now, I will have to continue using the run/walk interval method. Walking does not irritate my IT band, so I am hopeful that 1-minute spurts of walking after every 5-7 minutes of running will allow me to continue my training. I’ll post the remainder of my running schedule later this week.