This is a blog about running, right?
I had a cortisone shot last Monday. Dr. P said not to run until Friday. After talking with him, I'm changing my running strategy. Before, I was rocking the walk/run. Now, I'm gonna rock the run/stop. On Friday, I got a treadmill, walked for 2 minutes, ran a 9:20 mile, then walked for 2 minutes. That's it, peace out, end of story. I spent the weekend cycling. Yesterday morning I had a sports massage, and my dude really focused on my IT bands - re: tried his hardest to hurt me while I chattered away. Everything felt pretty stretched out, so I decided to do another test run (HA! I punned!). I spent an hour or so lifting, and then hopped on a treadmill. Walked for 2 minutes, ran 1.25 at 9:12 pace, walked for 2 minutes.
I think this is going to be a good strategy for now. I've been following a walk/run plan since I got hurt 3 months ago, so I know I have the running in my legs. I'm just starting to change my focus to one long stretch of moderately easy running. I'm probably going to do yesterday's run 2-3 more times before extending the distance at all. This is far less total distance than I was doing in the walk/run, so I'm hoping it won't irritate the IT, and I'll do gradual increases (I will, I swear).
Of course this is all just another desperate ploy to avoid having surgery, but I'm really hoping it'll take. The two runs I've done have been pain-free, although the second one had a little tightness. It might take me 2 months to work back up to a 5K, but I'd much rather do that then go under the knife. And now that I have a shiny new bike to distract me, it's easier to be patient with the running.
FIngers crossed, people.