Monday, December 22, 2008

This and That...

It's been a while since I last posted here, things have been a bit crazy with work and home life. So here is a recap of the last few weeks.

I ran the Say No to Drugs 10K last week and set a new PR in the 10K, 50:40 (7:55/mile). I shaved 7:01 off of my previous 10K time. The race was a double loop through Griffith Park here in Los Angeles and we had many of our regulars from the running group in the race. Our running store was even a sponsor and 2 of their Elite women took 1st place in both the 5K and 10K.

The race started late due to lack of organization and people picking up their bibs. Once started, everyone seemed to be having a good time. After the race there was a pancake breakfast and mini expo going on. They ran out of medals, but they did say if you wanted one, they would mail it to you. All in all, I was very pleased with my time.

Last Saturday, I went out for an easy 6 mile run. About 3 miles in, I started noticing some pain coming from the outer side of my left knee. I walked for a bit and continued the run. I finished up and the pain was pretty great at that point. I took a shower and sat down for a while, the pain seemed to go away, so I ran some errands. When I returned, the pain was even greater than during the run. At one point, I thought I was going to fall over. I was able to see the doctor today and it turns out that it is exactly what I thought...IT Band Syndrome. No running for 2 weeks, daily doses of Advil and some stretching. Man am I running...I am going to follow his advice and use the time to rest and heal. I am running the Surf City half marathon on Feb 1, so I really need to heal...quickly.

I hope everyone has a very happy holiday season!