I usually do my long run on Saturdays. But the kids had off today and Lyle was home sick (allergies kept him up all night), so I decided to do my long run today! It was a cold start so I warmed up by walking, then walking briskly, then a slight jog.... until I reached the "start line".
I opted to run the trail that I had run last Saturday... you know, for my 20 miler.... backwards. Not literally backwards, but the course backwards. I wanted to remember the pain I was feeling last week because I started out too fast. By running the course backwards, it meant that I had to run up a HUGE hill in the beginning... but then I flashed back to the marathon course and remember that I would be running up a slightly smaller hill at mile 26... so I better just suck it up... and run up it slow.
Mile 1 split: 11:09
At first the 11:09 shocked me, but I remembered that I wanted to run slow to start... to practice for the marathon. It was cold still and I could see my breath and I started to wonder if my running skirt and knee high socks would be enough for the marathon in 2 weeks.
Mile 2 split: 10:39
Okay, I was a little shocked at the time again, but the other way. I thought I was running slower but I wasn't. UGH!
Mile 3 split: 10:00
WHAT? I thought I was running slower. Unfortunately, I had lots of breaks at stop lights, so I guess I was more speedy than I wanted to be.
Mile 4 split: 11:07
Okay I was able to slow down... but I do not want to be more than 11 minute miles.
Mile 5 split: 10:59
Better but I started to feel a twinge in my IT by my knee. I stopped to stretch like my sister-in-law showed me in her blog HERE.
Mile 6 split: 11:38
My knee and my hip started to hurt along the outside despite the stetching by mile 6.5. I stopped 3 times and did the above stretch - see link above in blue.
Mile 7 split: 10:09
I have no idea why that one is so fast... it hurt when I walked so I decided to just run but slower.... but not according to my time.
Mile 8 split: 10:50
This mile felt like it took forever. I got hot so I removed my jacket and was cold, but decided to just run with it. It was mostly in the sun, so I figured I would warm up.
Mile 9 split: 10:01
Again, I have no idea why the time is so fast. I think I even stretched the IT during this mile too.
Mile 10 split: 10:49
I stretched 4 times during this mile... at every stop light and then twice because the pain was so intense.
Mile 11 split: 10:08
I wanted to walk home (but not as bad as last week) but with only 2 mile left, I decided to run... it did not feel fast, but a lot of it was down hill.
Mile 12 split: 9:15
I have NO IDEA where this speed came from... maybe I was just happy to get home.
So, I was wrong to say that my IT band pain disappeared. It was just hiding. I iced her. I stretched her. I sticked her. And I rolled her!!!
I am going to have to do some serious research about ITs... and figure out more plans if this happens during the marathon.