Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A royal pain in the derriere.

No, not a painting of my toosh, but a nice toosh nonetheless. Mine on the other hand as well as my hip are anything but. Seems I pushed harder than I thought on Sunday and now my glute and left ITB are screaming "Blue Murder" at me. Wish they would be quiet. I've kind of been there done that with them before and I am over it already.

I'm not quite sure what I am expecting though - after an AMAZING weekend I had also had my longest run to date on Tuesday. I managed to run a staggering 17.9km. And yes I am using the word staggering quite seriously, as this is HUGE for me. The whole run was perfect from beginning to end. I took off while it was still dark at 6:15am and under the direct instructions of my hubby I set out with my headlamp on. I thought it was going to be uncomfortable - but it surprisingly wasn't.

I wondered how visible I truly was, and it wasn't until later that I received a text message from a Alison who drove past me and said that I was light up well that I realised I made the right decision listening to my Stephen. Even he was happy that I listened for once.

As the run continued I found myself smiling - not a big goofy smile
But rather a smile of knowingness, that I had this run. I was going to own every ounce of it. And I did. I love this distance running business. I have so much time to think and hash things over in my mind, listen to cool music, smile at on coming traffic and chat to the workers near the truck stop as I run past. They totally crack me up. The last time one of them took to running with me in his work boots - dirt and all. He didn't last long but it did bring a smile to my face. Then yesterday the same young chap popped his head up from a trench like a Meerkat and smiled at me again - only when I questioned why he wasn't running this time - he said "no, not today, too busy".

As I finished the run I was slightly scared as to how my ITB would pull up. And well yesterday it felt ok, but this morning it is quite tender. Feels bruised, tight and painful to walk. So I went for a swim, physio and have since iced it more times than I would like to count. I missed out on track tonight not just because it stormed and the track was wet but also because I thought it wise to rest it as much as possible as I have a huge weekend in store in the training department which I don't intend on missing.

"Worry never accomplishes anything. When you have a problem, it is best to concentrate on the solution to that problem, not the problem itself."

~Thomas D. Willhite~


  1. Be careful out there -you have been working hard. Just keep icing, massage and foam rolling. Do you roll? It's the best thing ever!

  2. Be careful, trust me. It can progress fairly quickly. I want you to kick the stupid thing to the curb!

  3. Ahhh...I've had a pain in the butt since Sunday afternoon. I only ran 13k...but have paid for it every day since. Going out now to try my 10k for the day......but will chant the quote every time I feel annoyed by the whole thing if it doesn't work right out there;)

  4. The best things about long runs are when you get past the initial discomfort and get in the zone, such a great feeling.

  5. Congrats on the long run! I too have a history with my IT bands. Got them so bad last May I ended up in 3 months of therapy. Take care of them -- they tend to heal on their own schedule. Lots of post activity stretching and the foam roller are key!

  6. I cant believe how much rest and a swim helps my IT band.

  7. I'm so sorry about your ITB. I'm going through the same thing right now and it sucks! I hope yours heals soon!!


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