Ah yes, parkrun last Saturday. Didn't get a PB but didn't run badly either. However, the little niggle that I mentioned in my last post has got a whole lot worse. Still tricky to pin-point but I can now feel the pain when I walk. This is not good. The achey pain kept me awake on Saturday night and only Ibuprofen helped. On Sunday I wasn't able to run until about 2pm. Obviously it didn't happen, my head wasn't in it but actually I think this was a wise decision. I had hoped to do my 10 miles but I don't think I would have been able too.
On Monday wearing heels, climbing up steps lifting stuff, this wasn't good either.
On Tuesday I did my outdoor fitness class, hoping to follow it with a run. This hurt...a lot!! The run wasn't going to happen and I made the decision to get a Drs appointment (after being gently nagged by those that love me). There were no appointments so I spent a little time researching a "Google" diagnosis instead. Got to love Google.
Anyway, I have come to the conclusion that I have IT band syndrome. Makes perfect sense, I have all the symptoms...outside of knee is sore, pain radiates up the outside of my thigh and down my shin, knee feels like it's twisting, when running it feels like I need to hit the ground with my toes, the impact on the ground sends pains up my leg, blah, blah, blah. So the plan of action is this; rest, ibuprofen, strengthening and stretching, some minimal foam rolling, new shoes and finally, get the muscles in this lazy butt of mine firing again.
I have taken a few days off running while the pain eases. The good thing is that I have plenty of time and can make sure it is right before I start again. It just happens this coincides with Christmas, a good time to take a break.
In other news....I think I have chosen my charity.
The Ipswich Hospital charity have launched an appeal called The Sunrise Appeal. The aim is to raise £100,000 for very sick children and babies in hospital, for the Neonatal and Paediatric departments to buy dozens of new pieces of kit and equipment to transform children’s lives while in hospital. I am fortunate that I have no experience of this part of the hospital however, I have got friends who have. I wanted to support a local charity and with the hospital being 15 minutes down the road, you don't really get any more local than that!