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In other news, after taking all last week off of exercise due to the cold that wouldn't quit, I just could NOT get myself back on the exercise wagon this week. How sad is it that breaking a routine for 1 week destroys all motivation? I know a lot of you are probably dying to get back on the roads or to the gym after being sick, but it's hard for me to get that motivation up again. I finally did make it out for a rainy run Tuesday (why helloooo there Fall...), but after 1.5 miles my left knee started killing me! WHAT?!?!?! Although I have had almost every runner injury out there, my joints have never been a problem! My rotten IT band gives me pain in the right knee when I'm not wearing my strap, but this pain felt super different. Like a good little runner, I RICEd and took the next 2 days off...terrified the entire time.
After a long week, the last thing I wanted to do this afternoon was run, especially since I was pretty nervous about what new ache or pain I would feel...I planned on changing at school and hitting the trail in hopes the fresh air would perk me up, but it started HAILING when I left the building!
(On the plus side, I did see this gorgeous rainbow while driving...)
Plans changed and I headed to the gym...the thought of returning to the dreadmill and sweaty cardio floor after a lovely summer and fall of outdoor runs doing nothing to boost my energy levels. I literally almost fell asleep while sitting in my car in the parking lot. Somehow, I did manage to drag myself in and run 3.5 miles on the treadmill. My knee felt okay except for a few twinges, and I'm 99% sure that the pain is from another tight IT band even though it felt a little different at first. After foam rolling, sure enough, the IT bands are nice and tight. PHEW! I never thought I'd be grateful for sore IT bands, but that's definitely preferrable to some new knee problem... I guess that week off did nothing good for my tight muscles! You can bet there will be lots of foam rolling this weekend. :)
Anyways, I'm thinking of running a 5K at a nearby arboretum Sunday, but haven't decided yet...I'd be running alone and the course is pretty challenging--the first mile is almost completely uphill...but it should be beautiful...whaddya think, should I go for it?
What are your weekend plans? Racing this weekend?