I saw the boys when I came out of the woods at mile 15, and told Paul briefly that I was injured. I had slowed down significantly at this point, but wasn't having to walk too much. That was about to change. I hit the hills and my IT band had shooting pain radiating down my entire leg. It absolutely wasn't going to allow me to run hills. So I walked them. I realized as I walked across the Battlefield of Antietam, step by step, that it was the most beautiful day for a run. Statues of Civil War soldiers towered over corn fields, and the sun beamed over bright blue skies, and I wouldn't have missed that for the world. After passing by historic Mumma Farm, we headed into Sharpsburg, Maryland, where I got to see the boys again.
As for me, my IT band is more torn up than I expected, and I'm guessing I'm facing about 6 weeks off (at least). I'll be headed for some ART work on it as soon as I can get in, and hopefully it will improve more quickly than expected. Also, pictures of some of the historic areas I mentioned here will appear in future posts, so stay tuned!