So wow, what a couple of months.  I took May through the beginning of July off from running completely to let my left knee recover. I did tons of physical therapy and stretching and starting running again at the end of July. I started with a 2 minute walk, 2 minute run. Every 2 days I would adjust. I followed that up with ART treatments. By August I was ready to run non-stop. I completed the Petit 5K taking it easy, and have continued to build up my mileage for the Hartford half marathon in October.

Things with my left knee are really pretty much perfect. A couple of weeks ago, while doing a 6.5 mile long run my right IT band started acting up at mile 4. I made it to mile 6 and walked the rest of the way. It was pretty painful. I did my short runs through the week and everything was fine. During the following weekend’s long run I started feeling pain at mile 3 and had to walk the last 3 miles home.

I took a full week off, doing only PT and stretches, and tried for my 8 miler this Sunday. I decided to go back to 4 minute runs and 1 minute walk intervals. I made it 6 miles completely pain free and then started getting that familiar burning. I stopped to stretch my IT band and kept on the run/walk, walking more as needed. I made it to a few yards from home before I had to stop running completely.

Now I am pretty nervous about the half mary. I have been doing everything I can think of including alternating from one side of the street to the other, doing the run/walk thing, lots of stretches, foam rollering, and PT. I’ve even changed my running form to have shorter strides and lower impact. My next step is to get new shoes. I haven’t really liked the Asics that I have, so maybe they are causing some problems. Hopefully I can get out to Fleet Feet this week. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

I’m continuing the work though, and I think that is what is most important. I don’t want to give up on this. IT band issues are curable, I just have to work at it. I refuse to give up.