Tomorrow marks 4 weeks since my last real run. Since I had a massive flareup of ITBS, I haven't been able to run more than 2 miles, and doing that caused me a lot of pain.
I'm not going crazy. I've already gone crazy.
Running gave me something to focus on other than my job. Going to group runs introduced me to a lot of awesome people and gave me my first chance of finally making friends here in Jacksonville. Training and fundraising for New York gave me a way to honor my dad. Now that I can't run, I feel like I'm stuck in my apartment watching terrible TV. I'm also afraid to eat, since now that I'm not logging 25 miles per week, I'm also not burning those calories either.
Since I've been injured, I've been focusing on things like Pilates, yoga, and weight training. The swelling in my IT band has gone down substantially, but there's still a bit left. I've now seen three doctors.
When can I run again? I'm hoping to be able to run by Thanksgiving. I'm at the point where I'm scared to even try it, because any additional flareup will just make recovery take longer. At the suggestion of Alex, I purchased a big piece of PVC pipe and have been using it every night. Yes, really.
I'm Jenn! I'm a baker, blogger, sorta-runner, and writer living in Jacksonville, Florida!