IT Band

Boston Marathon Week 4 of 16 Training Update

Two weeks ago I went out to do an 18 mile run in training for the Boston Marathon.  After 10 miles I was having a lot of pain in my left knee from a problem with my IT band/peroneal muscle.  I stopped after 13.1 miles (I was doing a half marathon) and my knee locked up. I decided to cut the run short and skip the last 5 miles.  I ran easy the next week and then went out to try and run 15-17 miles on Saturday.  After 7 miles my knee hurt and by 10 I could tell I was altering my gate to compensate for the pain and that was going to mess up my other side so I stopped again.

Boston has been a dream of mine for a very long time.  I have already given up on the thought of a PR at Boston this year.  All I want is to have a solid comfortable run.  At this point, I am not sure even that is possible.  If this progresses like my other IT band did last year I just don’t see how I will be able to run the marathon in April.

So here is my plan.  For the next 4 weeks I will do all the activities I know I should to try and rehab the IT band.  This includes a lot of pelvic girdle strengthening exercises, foam rolling, and stretching.  I will keep trying to run until the pain is too bad I have to stop.  If at the end of the next 4 weeks I can run 18 miles knee-pain free, I will keep training for Boston.  If I get to that point and I can’t, I think I will pull out.

I know some of you may not agree with this but here is why I might do that.  I know I will/can qualify again for Boston.  I truly believe that.  I really don’t want to spend all my time and a bunch of money going to a race that I know will be very painful and disappointing.  I really hope that in four weeks I can report that I am ready to finish the training, but for now I am not so sure…