Super bummed but I must face where I am at for right now.
Truth is that I am in some serious knee pain from my 5 miler on Sunday. It was the first night that the pain woke me up. So first thing Monday morning I contacted and was seen for my first PT appointment. Sharin was amazing and did several forms of treatment (Iontophoresis). I will see her 5 more times over the next two weeks. For now there will be no running… none… not even a mile. I have irritated my IT Band to the point that I must stop. I have lots of homework that she has given me that I will complete each day.
This brings me to my next decision…. My next 50k Trail Ultra will not happen in four weeks. Even with a run/walk strategy I would only be likely landing myself right back where I am now. My body needs to heal and I want to get stronger! I want the BIG RACE and that is the MMTR 50 mile Trail in November. Basically I have two months until my training officially will begin with a focused 5 month build up for that event and that is truly what I am trying to stay focused on.
Last year I would have resisted this decision for longer and put it off. This year I am trying very hard to remain focused and be smarter. Everything in me tried to weasel around what Sharin was saying but she was right and I am listening. I will continue to cross train like CRAZY and continue yoga. All of these tools that I am learning about will have to make me into a smarter runner . Not an easy post but Sharin assured me that I will be ready for the next 50k in May. So it is not the best of news but it is not the end of the world either.
Why it is so hard to get to this place... be in this place...? In a few months I will be covered up with training miles to run and would welcome a rest but today everything in me wants to strap on my shoes and be free... run the trails... get lost in the woods... just run.