So, I had planned to run today because I missed a run on Monday and have been trying to catch up all week. I was supposed to do a 6 mile basic run. I was even up on time, although exhausted. But my right leg is sore. I think it's an IT band issue but I am still researching. Either way, it is sore all day and all night, not just when I run. My coach suggested ice, stretch, foam roll and massage. He also suggested cutting out a day of running. I currently run 4 days a day (2- basic, 1 - threshold, 1 - long). I am so against losing the mileage but I thought about it last night and this morning when I got up intending to run. With the marathon in just about 5 weeks, I think that is the best damage control I can do right now. Please let me know your thoughts. I am really struggling with this.
Plus it was SO foggy out this morning. I mean, it's already the dark of night when I start running, now let's add fog. Seemed like a recipe for disaster to me. So, I got a few extra ZZs and then foam rolled and started my day. I don't even feel that bad about not running today. I will need to hit the gym though. I haven't done much strength training in the last 2 weeks. I usually do that at lunch and work has been crazy hectic. I feel like my muscles are disappearing. :( I started a morning ritual this week. 10 push ups and 10 crunches as soon as I get out of bed. Next week it goes up to 15, etc. Post marathon, I'm starting the New Rules for Lifting for Women again. I did it for a few months just before marathon training and I loved the results.
Anyway, my weekend schedule is focused around Sunday's 18 mile tune up. Saturday is probably going to be chock-full of running errands and schlepping the kids around in the rain. However, unlike my past long runs, I am committing to a nice carb-loaded dinner on Saturday evening, followed by early to bed.
Have a happy Friday! Special "shoutout" to Ali who is running her first marathon tomorrow! She will make the streets of the Hampton's her bitch!
Please let me know anything you can if you have experience with IT issue.