So, I started the race with high hopes, positive mantras, and great pep talks from Jeff Galloway and my husband. But as soon as we started, I went on my 1st 15-second run and POP! My knee had other plans for the evening. My left knee, or more specifically the area around my knee, was in all-too-familiar but even worse pain than I had felt at Tower of Terror. I tried stretching, walking it off, taking pain meds... But to no avail. My husband said we walked fast enough to stay on pace for the first 5K of the race. I stopped at the med tent and they wrapped my knee and confirmed that my ugly IT Band syndrome had reared it's ugly head. Even after the three weeks I took off from running, I couldn't go further than 5 miles. I was heartbroken for my husband. I said he could go on, but he said he didn't want to do it without me. They picked us up, and I thought he might be angry, but he said that either one of us could have gotten injured and he thought I was a rock star for pushing through 5 miles after getting injured right away.
We are using this experience to boot us up for our Coast-to-Coast Challenge in 2014. We have the Tinkerbell Half in CA in January. So , I have that long to get a little weight off and strengthen muscles so the it band doesn't have so much to compensate for when I run.
It happens, and it sucks. But I can't let this and all the negative feelings I've been dealing with since my mom has been sick and with work drag me down into a depression that I can't shake. Dana says I should be proud of what I accomplished while injured. I am. Now I need to shake off disappointment and move forward.