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Running Ramblings

I have several posts in the works for this week.  If I get time to actually sit down and write, you may see them.  But for now, I need to write about running.  More for myself than anyone else.  So, feel free to skip this post if you want.

Since running the Annapolis Half Marathon about a month ago, I have hit a slight slump and snag in my running.  Between travelling for Thanksgiving and trying to rest my IT band, I really did not run much.  By the time Thanksgiving was over, my lower back (sacrum) was really bothering me and even a 4 mile run caused my IT band to feel very sore.  I am not sure if it was the long hours in the car or the uncomfortable bed at my parent's house, but whatever it was, my sacrum was out of whack.  And right before the half marathon, I had a chiropractor tell me that that was what was causing all my IT band issues.  The sacrum would be out of alignment, causing the my glute muscles on the right to be pulled excessively, which causes a pulling of the IT band. 

By the beginning of last week I knew I needed to get back to my regular chiropractor.  I knew my IT band was on the verge of inflammation and I just did not want to take any chances of it getting so bad that I would have excruciating pain at my knee while running like I did during marathon training before.

So far I have been to the chiropractor twice and have started running again.  I can totally feel a difference.  There is no more "pressure" on the IT band like before and running feels easy again.

This is my first week back on track with marathon training. And I am nervous!!  Excited too, but nervous.  My plan is to work in speed work this training cycle.  I have done speed work and hill repeats more this fall and I have noticed a difference in my strength and endurance.  I am also making strength training a regular occurrence again.  When I trained for my first marathon, I totally dropped weight training and I feel like that was a huge mistake.

So here I am, 94 days away from marathon #2 and I am happy to feel like I am on the right path again.

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  1. Yipppeee! 94 days! Which one are you doing?

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  2. Good luck on #2. I am hoping to run #1 in June of 2012. Hoping/Praying.

    My sister had terrible pain IT Band/lower back pain. She ran the gammit of things (chiro, you name it) and after hearing many people ask if her second toe was longer than her big toe....(it is) and going to an excellent running shoe person (I think you still run barefoot) she changed shoes and rested and now is fine. For what it's worth.

    Good luck!

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