Well, to be clear, I am definitely stiff and sore in areas. I do think I have some imbalance areas to correct. And my inner knee did hurt the tiniest little bit for a hot second the next day. But any pain was all gone by Monday. Nothing wrong with me now that a little rest and some stretching can’t fix, baby!
And on that happy note, let us proceed to the workout recap:
Sunday | ran 5.08 miles outside in 50 minutes
Monday | walked 2 miles outside in 35 minutes; 55 minute ballet class
Wednesday | ran 3.21 miles outside in 30 minutes
Thursday | walked 2.13 miles outside in 35 minutes
Skipped ballet to do laundry and prep for my race weekend.
Friday | rest
Drove down to North Carolina, stopping first at UNC Wilmington for bib pickup and the race expo. I’d say it’s a medium-sized race, and it has a medium-sized expo to match, but several local businesses and running stores were represented. I grabbed my bib and bought a couple energy gels, but mostly I wanted lunch so I didn’t linger long.
Oh, man, I can’t believe it’s never occurred to me to tell you guys about this before! Well, I have told you about it before. But obliquely. You need the details.
Q: What the heck am I pattering on about?
A: Taping your IT band!
Your IT (iliotibial) band, for those who are uninitiated (lucky you), runs along the hip and knee and is vital to stability while running. But I’m not a doctor, so I’ll just leave this Wikipedia article here. I mean, I assume Wikipedia is a doctor.
It kinda helped, but even with rest I was going into the marathon with trepidation. Enter my hero: the lovely guy who taped me up at the Baltimore Marathon expo’s KT Tape booth.
Yes, he was an official KT Tape representative, and you would assume he would perform all his tapings in the official KT Tape manner. I know I expected it. But lo, a miracle – instead he did this:
And OH MY GOD, guys, it helped. It helped SO MUCH. Indeed, so much did it help that by the time I finished the marathon my IT band had stretched itself out with such perfect support it was cured. (My other one was a different story but whatever).
Turns out, he WAS using an official KT Tape method, more or less – just not the most obvious one. While the video above is labeled “IT band pain,” this one is more generically “outer knee:”
The funny thing? The original video now links to the outer knee video. But neither video is quite right, because my expo guy inserted a twist. He added an additional piece of half tape at the top, and with 100% stretch to boot (see above photo).
Said the rep when he taped this bit: “This is the only time I ever place tape with 100% stretch. It’s so that when the full strip pulls it has something to brace against.” Or something like that. The point is: only 100% stretch this piece! One more thing: last time I got my IT band taped at the KT Tape booth, at the 2018 WDW Marathon, the employee did it in the original, not as good style. I ended up taking it off and putting it back on my way. Don’t be afraid to specify the style you want!
Disclaimer: As I said, I am not a doctor. I’m not even a licensed professional of any kind. I’m just a girl regurgitating something I learned once. Follow my lead at your peril!
Three words: STUPID IT BAND. Yup, my old injury has reared its ugly, ugly head. Mind you, I probably shouldn’t’ve run a 14 miler when I suspected something might be up with it again, but it was on the schedule, okay? WHAT WAS I SUPPOSED TO DO??? (Rest. Right. Yeah. Whatever.) The good news is – and I’m gonna go find a giant hunk of wood and knock on it eight to twelve times – the judicious application of KT Tape, an extra rest day or two, and slightly curtailed mileage seems to have tamed the beast. Here’s hoping it keeps up; I don’t want to run another marathon injured. Sunday | ran 5.12 miles on the treadmill in 50 minutes Cold and rainy weather drove me inside, so I made a speed run out of it. Monday | walked 2.06 miles outside in 35 minutes; 60 minute ballet class Tuesday | ran 5.26 miles on the treadmill in 55 minutes Oy with the weather already!
More running! Hooray! My IT Band has been… pretty good. Every once and awhile I think it might be acting up a little but it’s nothing a little KT Tape hasn’t been able to handle. I do wish that stuff was cheaper, but then it’s nowhere near as expensive as medical bills, so.
I think I might also look into getting some different running shoes for my long runs. Perhaps Black Friday will deliver some worthwhile deals? I almost bought the Nike Odyssey on my last shoe testing trip… but Brooks Ravennas performed well for me for years… thing to ponder.
In the meantime, here’s last week’s workout log:
Sunday | Across The Bay 10K; 6.15 miles outside in 58:11 I’m chalking up that extra .05 miles up to GPS wonkiness.
Monday | walked 2.14 miles outside in 35 minutes; 60 minute ballet class
Tuesday | ran 9.23 miles outside in 1:40
Wednesday | ran 5.64 miles outside in 60 minutes
Thursday | walked 2.07 miles outside in 35 minutes; 60 minute ballet class
Friday | ran 5.34 miles in 55 minutes Then headed down to my parents’ new house in Wilmington, NC. My dad is retiring next year and my parents are in the slow process of moving south. I have no objections to this; the warmer the better, I say. Plus, it’s halfway to WDW!
Saturday | rest
Some wandering about Wilmington but otherwise a pretty chill day.
Oh, man, guys. This isn’t good. I have a marathon THIS SATURDAY and while this is self-diagnosed I am 97% sure I’m having IT Band issues. The good news is that I’ve at least been smart enough to rest it and with the judicious application of some KT Tape sent by angels I have improved the situation considerably. The bad news is that frick frick frick, I’m going into a marathon with an uncertain health status and my recent training has been shot all to hell.
Sunday | rest This was wise.
Monday | ran 9.12 miles on the treadmill in 1:35 This was ultimately not wise. But I wanted one more long run before the marathon! I did not consider it could be my LAST run before the marathon…
Tuesday | walked 2.43 miles outside in 40 minutes; 65 minute ballet class This probably wasn’t the best idea either, but I was desperate to keep up the rest of my exercise schedule, so…
Wednesday | 40 minutes of arm and ab work
Thursday | rest It occurred to me that ballet was doubtless not helping, so I gave that up too. I don’t know if you know this already, but injuries SUCK.
Friday | 40 minutes of arm and ab work
Saturday | rest
So that’s where I stand. The KT Tape is helping a lot, but I’m not sure if I should risk trying for one more training run or if I should just go into the race cold but with a presumably even healthier IT Band. Help?
Should I just eat my marathon Sour Patch Kids in advance or what?