I got massages.
I coated it in icy hot.
I soaked it in epsom salt
I took Aleve/Ibuprofen etc.
Even though I have done all those things, my IT band is still cranky and I still can’t run. To say I am frustrated is an understatement at this point. I had the best training of my life this year. I was easily headed for a 10+ minute PR and re-qualifying for Boston. (This was supposed to be my BBQ, Bagwell Boston Qualifier). This was my year and all the races leading up to it were proving it.
When I first started having issues with my piriformis, I instantly stopped running.I was not messing around and was not going to risk making things worse. However, shortly after that I started having IT band issues. I rested some more, but I wasn’t giving up. I had put in a good amount of work and was convinced I could still run the marathon; my goal times could still be reached.
Now that the race is just days away, I realize that I can’t run. I haven’t ran in weeks, and haven’t ran pain free in over a month. I have to make a decision on whats best for me and it sucks. I know running with this pain will make it worse and will put me out of commission for a very long time. This was an extremely tough decision for me to make. For awhile I told myself that I had to at least start the race and give it a shot. Maybe by some miracle my leg would be ok and I could run. If I dropped out that was fine but I had to give it a shot. I had to start. However, the reality is that I can’t. My IT band is not better and still needs a few more weeks to heal.
So this Sunday, when all my friends are toeing the line for one of the biggest races in Cleveland, I will be on the sidelines. This year I will not run the Cleveland Marathon :( I will be somewhere around mile 12 cheering everyone on. I figured this was the best spot so that I could see the full and half runners and still make it to the finish for the marathoners.
If you are going to the expo this weekend, look for The Logo and take a picture and I’ll put it on the blog!
Good Luck to everyone racing this year, leave everything out on the course and run a mile for The Logo.
Maybe I’ll even have some #liveclemarathon tweets on Sunday ;)