My detour from training the last few weeks has been doing some good for my troubled ITB. The deep tissue massages from the physical therapist-- while not at all comfortable-- have really helped. I'd also been having problems with a strained groin on the same leg and finally swallowed my pride enough to mention it to my P.T. He's been doing ultrasound and electrode therapy there too (not as much fun as it sounds) and I'm seeing the same improvement as with my leg.
I've built up my mileage again very slowly, culminating with a six-miler last Saturday. My leg takes a good 2 miles to warm up, but once it does, I feel relatively comfortable, albeit still a little tentative and slow. I'm encouraged by the fact I seem to not have lost too much cardio capacity with the decrease in training. If there's one thing that gets me the most down during a run, it's feeling like I'm sucking wind the whole way.
My race is now less than four weeks away. My goals have had to be adjusted due to my uncooperative body, but I'm very optimistic I can run a good race. It may not be the PB finish I was hoping for, but it'll be a great way to break in the new year of events on my slate. And yet again, I've learned some valuable lessons during my training this go 'round that will make me a better and stronger runner in the future.
Perhaps someday-- even if it's not for another 20 years-- I'll finally fit together all the pieces of the puzzle and run the perfect race.