January was not a good month for me. That's part of the reason this post is so late - I haven't wanted to think about it. And it's not just because of winter and cold and all that. No, I've been injured. And this is making me very cranky. When I can't run, I can't very easily deflect life's bumps and glitches. Things get to me more. I feel uneasy. Restless. Running is my crutch for life. It helps me get through my days, and it brings me happiness.
Alas, I'm suffering from IT band syndrome. It's an overuse injury, and one I've dealt with before. The IT band (iliotibial band) is the muscle that runs along the outside of the thigh. Usually, I can keep it at bay by using a foam roller. Not this time. I even went to see a special (and expensive) neuromuscular therapeutic masseuse, and he worked on it intensively. It didn't seem to make a difference, and at any rate, I can't afford to see hiim regularly. I guess it will heal when it decides to heal. Grrr. I'd stab it with a fork if I thought it would help.
In the meantime, here's what I did in the month of January:
Running - 42 miles (all in the first 2 weeks - I haven't been able to run in the last 2 weeks or so)
Marta Montenegro Method DVDs (both strength and endurance) - x 6
Shred - x 2
Weightlifting (15 pound free weights) - x 7
Tae Bo - x 1
Core/Ab workout - x 8
Yoga - x 2
I'm not too sure what's on tap for February. Part of me is wondering if some of the workout dvds (which do involve a lot of squats and lunges) are preventing my IT band from healing more quickly. Maybe it's time for me to do....nothing. Nothing scares me though. When I do nothing, I fear I feel myself turning into a big slothlike blimp. Plus, I know how hard it is to comeback the longer you remain inactive.
Hopefully my leg will heal up before the weather gets nicer, and I won't lose too much fitness in the interim. I'm really hoping to hit some 5Ks in March and April and build up a little speed. Wish me luck with quick healing!