We left off in The ITBS/something Saga with a three and a halfish mile barefoot run free of pain and even premonition of pain (called “The Presence”). Well, the next day The Presence was back on another barefoot 3.5er. Took a day off, then ran 2.5ish in the sandals with no pain. Took the next day off. On Saturday, I ran a fast and socked 11 miles (I wore the pair from Charleston – those things are pretty much destroyed now) with a little pain in the middle, but it went away as fatigue set in.
This Saturday is the Umstead Marathon. I don’t really know how prepared I am, so I plan on pacing accordingly. I thought about employing a Galloway method of regimented walk breaks, like a run for ten minutes, walk one or something. But that feels too, what’s the word, regimented. I also don’t think it’s going to matter much; no matter what I do, existence-questioning levels of exhaustion are pretty much inevitable, I think.
Putting those two paragraphs together in a
sort of way, I wonder: if exhaustion makes the knee/itbs/whatever pain go away, I should have a pain-free marathon, right? Maybe instead of pacing myself, which would delay the exhaustion and (theoretically) prolong the pain, I should try to hang with the lead pack right from the start. Sure, my lungs would explode, but my knee would feel great!
Whatevs, running around in the woods is a great way to spend a Saturday morning. I just hope the romp doesn’t last too far into the afternoon. I get hungry and cranky.
So I’m questioning my itbs diagnosis. My memories of previous bouts included a lot more pain and immobility. I feel for MissZippy who has been struggling with the ol’ band herself. Her experience sounds more like what I went through before than what I’m going through now. First of all, the pain goes completely away after sporadically during runs. Before, not only was running impossible but so was walking down stairs. Is it possible I pinched it just a little bit? Or is that like “a little pregnant?” Or is the issue something else altogether?
The pain never gets bad. It’s more of an annoying “something’s not working right”ness. The fact that it goes away during runs is just weird. I haven’t been taking any pain relievers, other than the occasional application of menthol-y stuff.
So what do I do? Do I rest six weeks, hope it goes away only to never really know what it was? Do I see a doctor, who will tell me to rest six weeks then charge me hundreds of dollars for the advice? Or do I keep running?
The itb/knee is going to have to make a stronger case for rest if I’m going to do so. I mean, what, you’re just going to hurt a little bit, and only sometimes, and not interfere with the full range of motion required for me to get around? Sorry, knee/itb, not that impressed.
I do wish it would stay gone, though.