No Doc, I Want to Run

Hi friends!  How was your weekend?  Mine was GREAT!  I spent it at a wine festival with the hubby Smile  The wine fest wasn’t that big but we had some really great wine and brought back 7 bottles.  No, we don’t have a wine problem Be right back


Before we left for the wine fest though, I was due to run 16 miles.  I started my NEW routine which includes the same old, gluten free breakfast, now with a side of ibuprofin


All eaten while I apply some heat therapy to the leg


I started doing this pre-workout so I can stretch my leg out before I leave.  Well, I have to admit, I was dreading my run the entire time I was getting ready.  I just kept thinking (rather negatively) how I knew I wouldn’t be able to finish it.  I know my leg isn’t better and I’m still not positive what’s bothering it.  So about half way through getting ready I did something I hadn’t done in a really really long time. 

I switched my running shorts out for a pair of padded ones and told the hubby I wanted to ride my bike instead. 


Him and I rode out to a trail near our house. As soon as we got there I made him wait at the beginning for me though. 




then it was time to ride!


I got 10 miles in on the bike and learned a little bit about my legs.  I. Have. Weak. Quads.  It’s a good thing I’m doing these burpees because I’m pretty sure weak quads are probably what’s going on with my legs.  It’s no wonder they’re weak since my workouts have become so inconsistent the past 3-4 weeks. 

Which brings me to today’s doctor’s appointment.  The positive?  I’ve gotten in such good shape that my resting heart rate is down to 51 Open-mouthed smile  The negative?  The doc confirmed what I was starting to be afraid of. I’ve got the beginning of Illiotibial band syndrome.  Unfortunately, she doesn’t share my wish for me to cross the finish line of the marathon.  She almost wrote a profile that forbids me from running at all!  She also won’t send me to physical therapy and instead gave me a packet so I can try self-help first. 


um . . . thanks Doc?

<sigh>  Well, let’s see I’m already doing hot/cold therapy on my leg.  I haven’t been running at all and I cross trained instead.  All things she says are good but she wants me to start taking anti-inflammatory meds around the clock now and do the stretches in the packet.  She also wants me to stop running long too.   So, it’s time for a new plan and a reassessment of goals. 

I am going to be run/walking both the half and full marathons which means no more time goal.  My goal is to just be able to finish now.  I WILL cross those finish lines.  How am I going to do it? 

  • 1 ton of ICE (for the leg and for baths)
  • A case of Ibuprofin (really I hope I don’t have to keep taking these)
  • Alternating 5K runs with bike rides
  • This Saturday I’m going to run a 5K and then do a bike ride in place of my long run
  • Strength training

I noticed that my leg doesn’t hurt on inclines so I’m thinking hills will be a good thing to run on too.  I’m going to do all that for the next two weeks and then gauge where I’m at. 

Am I stupid crazy to try?  Anyone have some helpful advice?


6 thoughts on “No Doc, I Want to Run

  1. I am so sorry!! ITBS is AWFUL. I’m clearly not a doctor but I dont think you have to stop running completely. I had ITBS in both legs last year during marathon training and there are definitely things you can do for it. Foam roll like a crazy person and start some hip strengthening exercises because thats where the problems usually start. Yoga is also helpful. If you still decide to run, youre gonna have to cut your mileage back and stop running as soon as you feel that little twinge in your leg.
    You’ll get through it!

    • I did buy a foam roller but I’m honestly a little less than clueless how to use it on the IT band. I’ve been using the Tiger Tail on my shins though and that feels horribly awesome 🙂 I got a groupon for some yoga classes too that I hope to start using soon. Thanks so much chica!

  2. It is good you caught it in the beginning! ITBS can really really suck a lot. Foam roll, stretches, strengthening of the gluteus medius and hip flexors.
    I don’t think it is a good idea to take ibuprofen and then run, it’s just masking pain you are running through, and possibly making things far worse. If you can get to a point where you can walk/run without needing ibuprofen before/during then go for it.
    Good luck! Injuries sure do suck.

    • I’m so glad I caught it in the beginning! Strength training is most definitely on the menu and I hope it helps soon. I also agree with you on the NSAIDs. I hate depending on them. Thank you so much for the kind words and thanks for stopping by 😀

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