A couple weeks ago, I set out to run the Big Sur Marathon. This was meant to be a “fun run” for me – Big Sur is known for its fierce hills, its fiercer winds, and generally unpredictable coastal weather. Those factors, combined with the breathtaking and amazing views, make it a marathon that very few show up to “race,” but rather experience. (Not unlike SFM!) I knew I wasn’t going to finish fast, but planned to enjoy myself from point A to point B, (hopefully) smiling all the way.
Imagine my surprise when just 4 miles into the race, I felt a tweak and a groan from my right side – from the hip down to the knee. That is never a good feeling to experience – especially when you’re four miles into a 26-mile race and about 22.5 more miles from civilization. I tried to fight off the sense of panic that was quickly enveloping me. I’ve dealt with injuries over the course of my distance running career, but have been blessed that in my eight marathons to date, only once did I experience “bad” pain. (Miles 22-26 always seem to hurt, no matter how good of shape I’m in!) Now, here I was, hurting already while still solidly in the “warm-up” miles.
I knew it was my IT band, and likely had something to do with the camber of the road. I pulled over to stretch for a few moments and mercifully, the pain subsided. I hoped it would be just something I’d need to pay attention to along the course of the run.
Unfortunately, that was not the case. For those intro miles, I had to stop and stretch every mile and a […]