Closing out week 14 and update for week 13There are now only 2 weeks to go until the Marathon in Vancouver yea #RunVan #BMOMarathon The last couple week have been a bit brutal and harder than I though they would be.
Week 13 ended on a high note with me completing over 30k in a long run my longest run until I do the Marathon. I ran for 3:35:42 and covered 30.08k the first couple hour were not too bad but the last hour and a half was getting a bit difficult until I knew I was coming up on the end of it and I got my third or fourth wind.
What I did not expect was that in the week following I would start having some it-band issues for my runs. The issues where mostly in my right leg and what I was feeling was a bit of stiffness in the leg not realizing that the was it-band. about midway though the week I started having what felt like knee pain but I knew it was not the knee as the pain was off to the side and would go away after a bit of stretching or walking.
Although I was a bit concerned I decided to keep up my runs for the week until I hit Friday where I woke up and I could barely move my leg I really began to worry that I had injured my knee. It loosened up after an hour and I went for a short run with my kid during his cross country practice and was due for a 9k run.
Just as I was getting ready for the run the knee pain returned so I decided to er on the side of caution and skip that run and give it time to rest, this was a good decision I feel. The following day was slightly better but not by much and I had errands to do kids to take places. I did find a chance to get out for a walk and realized that after walking for about 20 min the pain was gone as well as the stiffness.
I discussed the issue with my wife and she helped confirm a it-band issue so I worked it out a bit and some more walking seemed to help quite a bit.
Ending week 14 with a devil of a run at 16.66k I wanted to skip this run but knew I needed to complete it as this is the last long run before the taper and I needed to keep my body thinking about getting as much fuel as possible. So I drug myself out there early in the morning and got started. This run was a the roughest start I have ever had I think.
I felt like I was running on two stumps when I started out, my legs felt like solid logs with no bend in them, it was a weird feeling I have never encountered that before, my knee hurt or I should be more exact and say the t-band hurt like a mo-fo. It took about 2k for everything to completely loosen up and feel like normal running with no pain. I ran this a bit slower than normal for a while and finished with a decent time I think was pretty steady throughout and I am pretty confident that I will complete the Marathon in 5hrs now.
So after the long run I decided to take out my wife’s medieval torture device also know as the spiky foam roller much like the one pictured here. I used it to work out the it-band in my right leg and does it ever feel better now. I know for the next two week I will need to use it regularly and get those muscles stretched out to keep the pain away.
I am moving into the home stretch now and look forward to when this is complete.