It wasn't totally pain free. I felt some tightness in my knee around the 2.2 mile mark, but I really wanted to hit 3 miles so I finished. I wore my Mueller IT band strap and I'm pretty sure that bad boy makes a world of difference.
Here are 3 reasons why yesterday's run was so awesome:
1. It was my longest run since March 10. Over a MONTH ago. Wow.
2. It means that I feel very confident that I can finish next week's Dirty Girl Mud Run in Atlanta and have a great time doing it.
3. I ran music free. Our sweet kitten Minnie chewed my headphones so I was without tunes. Honestly, that's the longest I have ever run without headphones and I didn't die. I did occasionally miss the distraction factor of a good old school Britney Spears jam!
|I'm not sure why I have creepy eyes here but I needed a post-run pic!|
I'm still not 100% sure what caused/is causing my knee pain.
All initial symptoms pointed to IT band syndrome. I visited a sports massage therapist who noted severe tightness in my hips and psoas.
Then I visited the massage therapist at my chiropractor's office and she felt a massive MASSIVE knot in my right calf. She attributed the calf knot to running different since I sprained my ankle in December and still ran a half 3 weeks later. Oh yeah! Whoops~
Remember this sexy look?
I am still going to take it very easy on the knee, ice, stretch hips and IT band, and foam roll. I've also started using a tennis ball to break up knots in my calves and psoas. I spend a lot of time looking like a crazy person on my living room floor! All in the name of recovery.
I would love to be out the door running more, but I know that's not smart. I will probably do 2 easy miles next week and then tackle the 5k Mud Run.
Just in case you were wondering...after my run I enjoyed an orange and a rice cake with PB.
How do you feel? Is your body supporting your fitness habits or fighting back?
Love and inflammation,
Carissa & Kyle