Anyway, I was having a GREAT summer, running lots of miles and feeling good. What I was not doing was stretching, pre-hab and core work. I screwed up my SI joint (pelvis) and had to take a few weeks off anything but short and easy runs, but with rest and hip stretches was feeling a lot better. Lately, during my last few long runs I have had stabbing pain outside my right knee (IT band) that force me to end only a couple miles in. I took six days off before my last two runs and STILL had stabbing pain yesterday after about 2 miles (was supposed to be 18, I jogged/walked it back to the car for 4).
So, my fall marathon is three weeks from yesterday. A PR (sub-4:10) is all but out the window. I would rather not run one single step between now and then if it means I can finish the race. And I would rather finish walking/jogging making it a fun race (taking pictures, etc.) than not do it at all and waste my money. It's an international race so passport information had to be submitted months ago and I cannot defer until next year or switch to the half.
I did get a few LONG long runs in earlier this season, including one 20-miler, but that was eight weeks ago, 11 weeks before race day. My most recent was a 16-miler two weeks ago, five weeks before race day. Right now my plan is to try to strengthen and rehab, rest, call it an aggressive extended taper, and hope for the best. And probably sign up for a January marathon as a second chance.
Has anyone resolved IT band issues with three weeks off? Any suggestions for strengthening exercises? (I am doing clam shells/hip adductor and abductor, resistance band moves, and foam rolling.) Or, am I delusional? Will my legs forget everything they've run in the last few weeks?
Adding insult to injury (literally) is that this is the first month in a year that I won't hit 100 running miles, and my goal of 1,500 in '15 probably won't happen either. =(
My life goal is to improve my race times so much I'm featured on MarathonInvestigation.com.