It's day 2 of the running embargo here and spirits are high. Last night I went to the gym and did every kind of stretching or strengthening exercise I know for my IT bands. The one-legged squats on the Bosu are my favorite. For some reason I feel like it just really gets into my problem spots. Also, foam rolling after a massage is a giant suck sandwich, in case anyone is keeping track. My IT bands today feel like hot lumpy potatoes. Yum.
This morning I went and did another round of IT-related balance stuff, and then parked it on a stationary bike again. I'm not a fan of the bike, because I get so bored and my tushie falls asleep.
I've basically decided to not run until at least Sunday. I'm going to see if I can volunteer at the 5K so I won't be tempted to run it. On Saturday, I might try a 1 mile jog just to see how things feel. And Sunday morning: what will be, will be. On the one hand, when I get to Sunday, I'll be on day 7 of rest, so if I don't run, I could probably just take another 3-4 days off and then try to come back slowly. On the other hand, I'll have 6 solid days of rest, stretching, strengthening, and rolling behind me, and maybe that's enough to run a few Sunday morning. I'm not going to run the full 10. I've thought about dropping to the 5K, but I did that last year, and for some reason that feels more like giving up than a DNF. (I understand how this does not make any sense). But the 5K wouldn't tempt me to run more than 3 miles. I've also thought about skipping it entirely. I have a massage Monday afternoon, so I could skip the CB (GAH), have the massage, give it a few days to cool off, and maybe try running late next week.
Clearly I can't decide what to do. I think the best thing will be to just wait and see how I feel, and not plan anything. And in the meantime, mash the shit out of my leg with the foam roller.