You know how when you're in college (ok, this won't apply to the men)... and everyone's cycle syncs up?  OK, for men, when your wife was pregnant... maybe you had sympathy pains?

Well, my awesome friend Tricia is having some issues with her very grumpy IT Band... which, by the way, has a history of being grumpy. 

I, on the other hand, am not injury-prone.  Other than your standard over-use twinge of pain that you take a couple days off for and then feel 100% better.  Really, even those occassions don't happen often.  But after talking to Tricia on Saturday, I felt that twinge in my IT Band.  No worries... just the power of suggestion, right?

So, I hit the gym Monday and run my 10 miles and things just feel "off".  It's a bit tender all through the right IT, down the right shin, and across the top of my right foot... What in the world?  But no worries, because I have an appointment with Dr. Magic Hands... for the A.R.T. pain.  And I get there, and he gets to work, and Oh. My. Goodness.  I sounded like I was in labor.  I was borderline in tears.  I think he was trying to kill me with his thumb.  He confirmed that my right leg was completely out of whack.  As I was leaving, I did something I've never done before... I made another appointment for the same week.  I never go twice in the same week. 

Fortunately, I listened to myself.  I knew that if I was making another appointment, that it was more painful than I was letting on.  So I woke up Tuesday morning and the following texts happened:

Lesley:  No running today.
Adam:  Hey Lesley - I think someone stole your phone and is sending messages about not running

Yeah, my coach knows me.  He knows I don't typically blow off runs.  So today was no running.  And I treated my leg like a Princess...  I spent some time with the foam roller:

(This lady has way better technique than me.  I look like an awkward flamingo.)
And I spent some time with the ice packs:

OK, yeah, I didn't look like that dude.  (And WHAT is he thinking?)  But I did ice my leg several times today.

I'm supposed to run my longer run tomorrow because we front-loaded my week so I could race a 10k on Saturday.  But I have a bad feeling that the run is out.  Ultimately, I have no choice... I'm 12 days out from a marathon, and even though it's not a goal race, I still have to get through 26.2 miles. 

Honestly, I'm not super concerned... it hurts, it's tender... I'm taking time off until it feels better.  I think it'll be a couple days.  In the meantime, I tossed the shoes I was wearing... it was their time anyhow.  Besides, we know they are just sympathy pains, right?

Buuuuuuuuut, despite that knowledge... I've been pulled off running for a couple days, so I'm struggling to keep grumpy Lesley at bay. 

UncategorizedLesley Jones