January 27th has been a looming, ominous date for some time now. My Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon training was scheduled to start Monday, approximately 16 weeks before the race itself. But, my never-ending IT Band problems have shelved my running since December 7th. Yep kids, I haven’t hit the pavement for nearly 2 months. I’ve been active, cross training and loving it. But, I miss running. A lot. So, what should training look like when I can’t run? I don’t know the answer to that question. I think if you hit the interwebs you might find 20 different opinions about what to do. I’m no expert, but I’ll share what my exercise plans have looked like over the past few weeks. And, I’ll start posting each week to share my training.
The good news? My IT Band issue is nothing more than that. My most recent visit to my sports med doc confirmed that I have no tear, no muscle or ligament problems. Just a tiny white band of pissed off tissue on the MRI. Current plan of attack is to keep up physical therapy, work on strengthening my hips and attack the swelling with some short-term steroids. Not Lance Armstrong-style injections, but a few pills I’ll take over the course of the next week. The doc, cautiously, told me I could look forward to running mid-February. That’s this month! I can’t wait, but I will.
Other exciting news rolled out this week from my friends at the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon: the marathon course that left me worn and ragged in 2013 will be totally retooled for 2014. I’ll miss out on seeing the full marathon route this year, but am excited for my fellow runners who are going the full 26.2. The course should be wonderful. I respect the race organizers’ decisions to take out the east side portion of the course-construction and beat up roads in the area would make for a difficult go at route planning.
Monday: Skipped kettle bell class-still getting over sinus infection and enjoyed sleeping in. Afternoon- 45 minute home yoga practice + PM- 40 minutes of swim class (about 500m)
Tuesday: Hour of Power yoga class at Harmony Studios. Instructor Allyson put together a killer playlist of 90s music. It. Was. Awesome. TLC’s “Creep” was played. That should be all the proof you need.
Wednesday: 45 minute home yoga practice
Thursday: Try as I might, this is the third Thursday in a row that I haven’t been able to work out. This time with good reason:
Friday: AM 45 minute kettle bell class + PM 45 minute home yoga practice
Saturday: 75 minutes of blissful yoga at the Believe in CLE event at the Cleveland Museum of Art. This was so epic, it will require a separate post all together. Spoiler alert: I did run in to fellow blogger and awesome Clevelander Katie O.
Sunday: 45 minute home yoga practice
My 40 Days to Personal Revolution yoga practice improved this week, with 6/7 days including at least 45 minutes of time on the mat. Proud of that!
How is your training going? Any injuries holding you back? I’d love to hear about it.