Pushing the Restart Button

1 Feb

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.


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