Ending February With A Bang: Rookie Runner Struggles

If you’ve been keeping up with my posts – you already know that I’ve been having issues with my weak hips and glutes causing friction on my IT bands. Although I’ve been keeping up with my strength sessions – there always has to be something. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

I had a nice 5 mile indoor run earlier this month, and it felt pretty good then. I can’t say the same for the following two days – sigh. Soon after I was experiencing pain even after I had stopped running. This is an issue because with IT band syndrome the pain usually goes away after you stop consistently pounding on the knee. With that said – I was told to get an MRI if I could to make sure I didn’t tear anything. Probably the last words anyone excited about running wants to hear.

Fast forward to the next week – I got my MRI done and the results were in. Good thing – I had no tears or stress fractures. But, I did have a slight bone bruise on the opposite side of my left knee. Next steps: recovery. That meant for the next two weeks I had to consistently rest, ice and do my knee stretches / strength exercises.

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That pretty much explains how February went – but after those few weeks I am back up and running taking it a few miles at a time. I’ve done two runs…. and to add a bit of flair I’ve even taken up some swimming which I will continue. I am trying to stay on my game for all these upcoming races and things I have going on while staying injury free.

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It’s amazing to see how many things you run into as a new runner. I’ve learned a lot so far and I am now also more aware of what types of things I should be doing to prevent injury. I am currently keeping active preparing for my first race of the season which is the Georgia Publix Half Marathon on March 22, 2015. That day also marks the year anniversary of my first official race. Amazing how time flies! That will be the beginning of my running craze so continue to follow while I take this road to the TCS NYC Marathon 2015! Ciao until next time.