I've been trying to ignore it, but I can ignore it no longer: I think I have an IT Band problem.
The outside of my right knee has been bothering me since the Salt Lake Half. While the race course was great for the PR, it was not so fabulous for my knee. I wouldn't call it painful, but it's something that I've been noticing both when I'm running and resting. I'm hoping to get a grip on things with some icing, foam rolling, and strength training before it takes me out. It's also a good thing that I have a brother that just so happens to be a personal trainer that is going to be helping me out a little bit. Aren't families the best? I know mine is.
Unfortunately, I'm probably going to be taking my mileage down a bit. I HATE to do this with only 6 weeks before the Ragnar, but I don't want to miss the race entirely. I ran 11.5 on Saturday with Holly and after mile 4 I couldn't stop thinking about my dang knee. Grrrrrr!!!! Is it too much to ask to just be a healthy runner forever?!
The good news is that I get to RUN with this guy today:
Know who this is? Chris McDougall- author of Born to Run!
He's doing a running clinic and a presentation at The Runner's Corner in Provo today. I'm excited to meet the man that wrote what I think of as the running "Bible". Holly is going with me, so be prepared for lots of good info tomorrow.
Lastly, I got new shoes on Saturday! After my run, I decided that the 600+ miles I put in my Asics was enough and that it was time to get some new shoes. I'm going to be running in my first pair of Saucony's, so we'll see how I like them. They seemed alright on my run this morning, but they didn't magically heal my knee problem (which I was secretly hoping for).
I'll be honest- I kind of hate getting new shoes. I always have this stress and worry that they aren't going to be as good or that they'll cause weird injuries because they make me run differently. Am I just a wacko?
Goodbye, Asics, we've had some good times.