This is my last training post before the big day! NYC is less than a week away. This week will be a shorter training recap as I stopped running on Friday and called it a day. My IT band is being silly and rather than really pissing off my IT band and risk a bigger injury, I decided to stop running. IT band issues seems to be the biggest complaint for most first-time marathoners. I’ve read blog after blog detailing issues with the IT band after you make it beyond the 16 mile long run. I never even knew what IT band pain felt like until I started marathon training. For me, nothing really “hurts” yet, but I am aware of my IT band. I do get some discomfort on the side of my left knee while running – but it doesn’t really hurt too bad nor is it making me limp, change my gait or anything like that. BUT – I’m sure if I keep going, it will get worse. My IT band issues are pretty much a direct result of hip flexor and glute muscle issues. Now, my IT band is pissed off and letting me know. I did complete my 32K run with some knee pain, but (again) it wasn’t over bearing. Ask me beyond 32K on Sunday and I will probably have a different story :-). So, this week is all about resting my legs up. No more running, and taking it easy. I do not roll my IT band as it makes it worse, so instead I am working at “re-activating” some of my glute muscles, doing some stretches and just applying heat and ice every day. I am also sporting some fancy K-tape as well. I swear that stuff is magic. I have always been overly cautious about potential injuries – so I am hoping that taking it easy means I will be able to finish the marathon.
NYC Marathon Training: Week 15
Monday – Off
Tuesday – 16K in 1:50
This run was done in three parts due to my schedule. First 8K was done on my own on the streets by my school. Nice and flat, no hills and at an easy pace. The next 4K were on the paths that go in between the suburbs as I was trailing behind the Cross Country team. I let them go at their own pace, because running a 6:00/km (their long run pace) isn’t my LR pace. After then left, I finished up the run with another 4K to call it a day. Yes – I had some knee discomfort, but it wasn’t bad. After I stretched it out, it wasn’t hurting at all. That was my last long run!
Wednesday – Off
Thursday – XC Meet
Although I didn’t run a route, I did run a bunch on Thursday. We had our regional XC meet at the track – and I did a whole pile of running around. Not thinking, I wore my old Mizuno Wave 9’s and regretted that. Those shoes are no longer meant for running! I felt it in my shins more than anything.
Friday – 5K in 35:00
My goal for all taper runs was just goal race pace with 10/1’s no matter the distance. This is what I did on Friday. Knee aches were present, but I found that if I made sure I was running correctly and even ran a tad bit faster, it felt fine. No limping, no big pains, nothing too extraordinary. Again – I am just aware of my IT band if that makes any sense.
Saturday and Sunday – off
Total KM – 21K
I really hope that my IT band doesn’t totally kick my butt next week. I’ve been pretty careful about injuries for marathon training and it would really suck to have a DNF or something like that next week – especially since I am travelling for this race. Am I being paranoid and falling into taper crazy mode? Probably. Have I had an injury before that I thought wasn’t too bad? Yes! So being overly cautious is the game for this week. I could care less about my time. If I take 5:30 hours to finish, so be it. If everything holds up, I could run a 4:45.
It really does seem like the IT band is a big hurdle for most first-time marathoners. I saw this article on twitter of another first time marathoner who couldn’t finish the 20 miler long run and Courtney over at Running for Cupcakes had her IT band flare up in a bad way in her first marathon (she finished though!). Lots of advice and discussion out there! I have changed my shoes (same exact shoes, new pair) which should hopefully help. Since streets are closed for the marathon – I’m also planning on running on the opposite side of the street as I have noticed that I can now feel slopes. Funny – I used to wonder why I saw runners running on the street, on the other side and other funny things – NOW I KNOW! I am also hoping for little wind as fighting the wind for my 16 and 18 mile runs definitely screwed things up a bit. Oh and I should try this epson bath thing – my RMT is always telling me to do that. I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t freaking out a bit. I have almost an entire week to rest and I’m sure that I will make it through.
Any of you have any advice???
More thoughts on the marathon later this week!