That is exactly where my pain and discomfort is!!!
As some of you might remember I had real bad issues with my IT band during my Boston Marathon training. At the time I didn't realize it was my IT band because most of my pain and discomfort was in my knees. It wasn't until I went to go see a specialist, and after some X-Rays and CT scans, did I learn that it was the IT bands. I got a cortisone shot and was sent to a couple of weeks of PT.
Any other marathon or race and I probably would have not run it. But being that it was Boston, I was determined to crawl across the finish line if I had to! Ha!,... so along with PT, readjustment of my training schedule, and support from friends and family I was able to participate in the most memorable marathon in history.
This time around, my training schedule is a bit more aggressive than my last. I'm doing more miles during the week and weekend long runs creep on me a lot sooner during this training. I planned on sticking to it as much as I can, but I already had to detour just a bit due to aching IT issues. This was last weeks schedule versus what I did:
Sunday - 16 miles - did a 5 mile race that night instead.... just wasn't feeling a long run.
Monday rest day
Tuesday 5 miles - done ... in torrential downpours... it was bad out.. but an awesome run!
Wednesday 9 miles - NO way... I was hurting
Thursday 5 miles - took another day off
Friday was suppose to be rest, ran 5 miles
Saturday 8 miles - Ran 13.5.... ended up at the lake for an hour to cool off and swim then ran the 1.5 home after = 15 miles.
Sunday 13 miles - ran 5
So as you can see, not really to plan, but I'm still getting my mileage in. I've been foam rolling and stretching the crap out of my IT bands. I also have a list of strengthening exercises I got from PT. Been doing these religiously every night and morning.... well a lot more now than I have the past couple of weeks. They are feeling better but not 100%
Clarence DeMar Marathon is about two months away and BayState Marathon is only three weeks after that one. Aggressive? Yes.... but I'm soo looking forward to these races! The plan is to train hard, but at the same time listen to my body and readjust if needed. I think things will work out well!!
That's it for now. Like last summer, my post are far and few. It's just to nice to be indoors on a computer :)
Enjoy the hot weather everyone!! Have a great week!!