When I woke up this morning, I checked the weather -- a cool 36 degrees fahrenheit. I threw on the tights, laced up the shoes, and shivered over to my neighbor's house. It was 7:00. The sun was just beginning to come up. The moon was still high over the mountain. It felt great to be awake.
When we started out, everything felt great but for my cold hands and the phlegm. We pushed up the Woodgrove hills and then made a left on Williams Gap. Somewhere past the red barn, my right knee started to bother me. A short while later, the pain was clear -- it was my IT band. Damn! We stopped, I stretched, and a few minutes later I had to stop. Running time: 31:00.
If anyone has some good advice about running with a tempermental IT band, I'd love to hear it. I'm really sick of it getting in the way of otherwise good runs. Here's what I do know:
- When I'm in shape, it doesn't bother me.
- When I'm out of shape, it hurts about a half-hour into the run.
- Cold weather makes it worse.
- If I am in shape and it flares up, I know I need new shoes.
Oh and a belated Happy Thanksgiving to the RBF!