I did my 22K LSD yesterday, which was 900m longer than my previous longest distance, the 1/2 marathon.
I had plenty of energy, my muscles were working great, I was very encouraged... until about 17K.
Then my IT band started to bug me. I stretched, tried to keep going, but it wouldn't subside for me. Finally I hiked my running tights up above my knee, letting the -2C air get to it. Presto! Pain began to subside. I was able to get through the last 5k with some additional stretching and only minor pain.
When I got home, I plunged my leg into the fresh snow and packed snow on top of it. That felt great. :) Sat there for about 3 minutes, which got a few funny looks from people passing by. Stretched and went back to icing it, it feels pretty OK this morning. I'll take today off, then do a recovery run Monday and see where I'm at.
My long run plans for the next few weeks:
- Peterborough 1/2 marathon (21.1K) - at my planned marathon pace (5:30-5:40/km)
- 24K - back to building for the full marathon
- Around the Bay 30K - at my LSD pace (6:00-6:20/km)
If I'm still having ITBS trouble, I'll push the full marathon back until the fall and do some 1/2 marathons instead. It will really come down to that critical 24-26-28 string of LSDs.