by Cool J in Minneapolis
All these snowboarding pics…what about the RUNNING, Cool J?
It’s true. I barely ran in Big Sky! It was all snowboard, snowboard, snowboard, all day, every day. We would head to the mountain right away every morning, and be there until the lifts closed. The long days on the mountain, combined with a few late nights, meant that I just wasn’t feeling an early wakeup. I mean, it was vacation, right?
I did finally made it out of bed once early enough to head out for a run. I was rewarded by a gorgeous snow-covered view.
I made up my long run on Monday when we returned to Minneapolis. Tuesday was a hard workout at the Metrodome (that makes three times we went to the Dome this year- read about the other times HERE and HERE). Then Wednesday was more running.
By Thursday, I started to wonder if I was setting myself up for injury. I took a rest day, and then ran easy on Friday. My IT band didn’t seem to be bothering me though, so I wasn’t too worried. I figured the cross-training in Big Sky must have been good for it! I was ready for my 16 miler on Saturday.
Unfortunately, my IT band was not ready for a 16 miler. Around mile 12, I started to get that knee-buckling pain (Erin and Abby, I know you know what I’m talking about!) I tried pushing through, but it was hurting so, so bad. I told the other girls to go ahead and let Dusters know the deal, (they are all the best- thanks ladies!), and then I managed a run/walk for the last 4 miles. It was ugly and disheartening.
I spent Sunday icing, foam rolling, and then a 90 minute Moksha yoga class. Today, I went to see Dr. Jenna Boren at Uptown Natural Care (She’s the best. And she just ran a 2:42 marathon last weekend- check it out HERE!) Jenna did soft tissue massage on my IT band, and then did an ultrasound. We went over some exercises that I should do at home, and discussed my injury. She seemed to think it was actually the snowboarding that may have triggered the pain. She said it could have been all that torque on my hip from constantly turning. She also thought it could have been the weight of the board when riding on the lift. When on the lift with a snowboard, your back foot is unstrapped, and the weight of the board is all hanging from your left foot, pulling on your knee- lots of strain on the ol’ IT band!
She did think that I should be fine to run today, but I decided to be cautious. Instead, I headed to the gym to swim instead.
SWIM? Yes. Swim. I’m not sure if I have swam laps since I broke my ankle in 2008! Back then, I would hobble out to the pool on my crutches, take off my velcro boot, and get in the pool. It was all I could do, and it kept me sane.
I’m pretty sure that is the same one piece suit I wore as a lifeguard in high school. Yikes! And I am not the same size as I was in high school. I may have been pushing the line with the family appropriate rule…time to buy a new suit!
Do you want to see a true Failed Fit?
Here it is.
Scary! Failed Fit!
Despite the failing gear, and the failing look, I was able to swim hard for a good forty-five minutes (with some breaks). I definitely could tell that it had been awhile when I got out of the pool- I felt a little light headed! But according to “Fitness For Weight Loss“ I burned about 400 calories. Swimming was a zero impact cardio full body workout. I felt it in my core, my back/shoulders, and my legs. I’d say swimming is definitely a Fantastic Fit!
I was happy to be able to get in a workout, even if it wasn’t running. I hope Jenna is right, and that this IT band issue is a temporary one, and fingers crossed that it soon will pass.