|HAPPY after my run. And check out my new headphones...review coming soon! :)|
FINALLY, on Saturday I did a RULK of .25M walk/1.5M run and kept going until I reached the 4.5M run mark. I felt awesome and almost back to normal again, but didn't want to push it. I still have a lot of my fitness, but it's amazing how much "running" fitness you lose when you don't run on a regular basis. The last thing I want to do is run too far, too soon and cause the IT to flare up again.
I don't know what exactly helped my IT band heal. But, here are the things I think helped ME:
* Taking a much needed rest from training. I'll be the first to admit that I was totally overtrained when I did the AZ marathon. My body was tired and I didn't listen. Lesson learned!!
* Strength exercises to strengthen my hips/glutes. I really think the combo of my PT exercises and the TRX really helped.
* SLOWING down. After the AZ marathon I tried running again at my normal pace and paid for it big time. I think as runners, pace is such a big thing sometimes. But, what I learned is that what really matters is that you're running at a pace that is working for you and not going to cause injuries.
* My VFF Bikilas. I started running in my VFF Bikilas again. I started every RULK I did in my Bikilas and have now worked up to wearing them for 1.5M! They are awesome and I love the way I feel when I run in them.
Hopefully, I'll be able to continue increasing my mileage without pain. My training for IMAZ officially starts on Sunday, so I am just ecstatic that I'm finally getting better!! Woohoo! :)
On a side note, I know today is supposed to be a Tasty Tuesday post, but I was just too excited about being able to run!! I promise I'll get some Vegetarian and Humpastry Day recipes posted soon!