"We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”
My last two runs were not easy, but each for a very different reason. Yesterday I ran my 6K tempo and although I am pleased with my time and I mostly felt good, the humidity was 100% so I felt like I was running in a cloud. I'm not even exaggerating, that really was the humidex factor! Luckily, it was relatively early in the morning and not too hot yet. The great thing is that I got through this run and never even coughed once...my lungs are doing so well with this humidity, which is not how it usually went. Yay for running and my increased lung capacity!
Not so yay...near the end of my run yesterday I felt a very very mild pain on the right side of my knee (oh no, not the IT band). It went away immediately, so I just chalked it up to my new running shoes. Howevah! Today I was wearing a pair of broken in shoes and the pain started almost right at the beginning of the run. At first, it remained very very mild, so I didn't worry too much, I just thought I'd make sure to keep my pace very slow. Slowly, the pain increased and after about 3K I decided to walk a few meters, then I stopped and stretched and then off I went again. No pain...yay...pain again...not yay :( so I did it all again, run for a bit, walk for a few meters, stop and stretch. It's not that it was super painful or anything, but I'm really really trying to be smart about this and not push it...although I still did my whole 8K with the stop and stretch incorporated.
One very cool thing that happened this morning is that I ran into (pun not intended) my super sister-in-law who was doing her 29K long run this morning!!! So I ran with her a bit, which was so amazing. She was on her 25th K at this point and she looked great...I am so proud of her and I can't wait to cheer her in when she runs her first marathon in early September. Go Ju!
Okay, so back to me :) ...I put some deep cold on what I believe is my IT band and will baby it for a few days. No 10K tempo tomorrow and Friday is an off day that will remain off (at least off of running). We'll see how I feel Saturday, but for sure I'd like to do my long run on Sunday, especially since I'll be in Moncton, New Brunswick! Hopefully, I'll be able to take some pics :)
If anyone has some advice on how to prevent this mild pain from turning into full-blown IT band syndrome, please do tell. It doesn't hurt when I walk and after I'm done, only while running for now. Thanks.