Flying my white flag (and a giveaway winner)

So that’s it. I’m surrendering to my stupid $%^& ITB and taking two weeks off running. After three weeks of PT, icing, stretching, foam rolling, it’s still giving me problems. Some days it seems just fine and I feel like I’m making progress, but then others it comes back with a roar and just lifting my foot to the gas pedal hurts. So after talking with my PT folks today, we decided that the best course of action was to give the leg a rest from running.

I know 2 weeks is nothing–there are several folks out there who have been on the DL for far longer. I’ve been off for as much as 6 months before for a partially torn PF. So I’m going to try not to whine too much. But it’s still going to be a long 2 weeks. In addition to worrying about the fitness I’ll lose when I should be ramping up my mileage, I also worry that 2 weeks won’t be enough. Then I really will be in jeopardy of having to give up Boston. But as my mom says, “don’t borrow trouble.” I’ll try to think positive thoughts.

Here’s something positive–Kayla from Running, My Anti-Drug was’s choice for a winner in my Silver Maple Jewelry giveaway. Congrats Kayla and thanks to Silver Maple for the opportunity!

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  1. aron says

    hang in there :( definitely a smart move but I know it won't be easy. Try to enjoy the holidays and let that distract you! Heal fast!!

  2. Marlene says

    "Don't borrow trouble" – I like that! Here's hoping 2 weeks is plenty and that you're healthy, feeling good and ready to go in the new year. FX!!!

  3. Cynthia O'H says

    Oh, I hope these two weeks go by quickly for you and that you'll be back on the road before too long. Don't sweat Boston; you've got experience on your side and that can count more for miles.

  4. J says

    Hopefully the two weeks will be enough and you can get back to running! I know sitting out from running really stinks but I am sure you will be busy with the holidays!

  5. marathonmaiden says

    Hugs hugs hugs for the next two weeks! It'll be challenging for sure but you'll get through it! I'm in the " don't worry about Boston now" camp too. You'll be back and rocking soon. And I'm all for the power of the mind so sit tight and you'll be great :)

  6. Shellyrm ~ just a country runner says

    Positive thoughs and prayers for a sane two weeks that give you a full recovery!

    Congrats to your winner.

  7. Jennifer says

    Take your time off to do something that you would normally not do, or maybe have never done before. Anything; it's all a possibility. h
    Have fun, have a great holiday and peace for the new year!

  8. Jill says

    Hang in there, it sucks (um, 9 months now!) but you've endured far worse and better now then in the heart of Boston training!

    Have a VERY Merry Christmas, Amanda!! And get that IT band happy!!!

  9. Laurie says

    At least you can drown your non-running sorrows in all the holiday treat goodness… oh wait, that's probably a bad thing. :( Sorry. Hopefully the new year will bring you a super rested ITB and you'll be back to your speedy self. Wishing you positive thoughts and a happy holiday. :)

  10. Big Daddy Diesel says

    Thats not good, but, maybe a positive view to look, just have fun and enjoy the holidays and re visit it in january

  11. Petraruns says

    Oh I'm so sorry to hear this. But it's the right thing to do, and I've been there before myself and have come back stronger.

    Do as someone suggested – take the time to do something you don't give yourself the time for normally. Read a book or do something fun holiday-wise with the kids or your husband – treat yourself nicely and DON'T borrow trouble. You'll own 2011….

  12. Bethany + Ryan says

    best of luck to you and yout ITB. I think you'll be just fine after those 2 weeks! And don't even worry about Boston yet. I like the "don't borrow trouble" line. I always tell Ryan to worry about things as they happen and not a second before other wise it's just wasted energy/focus. you'll be fine. you know what to do. Happy holidays to you!

  13. ShutUpandRun says

    It will be a loooooong two weeks, but good for you knowing how to take care of yourself. Do it on this end so it doesn't end up being six months. You are smart.

  14. *~* *~* Tracy says

    I hope the time zips by very quickly! Thankfully you have the insanity of Christmas and New Year to distract you.

    In the meantime, kick back with a good book and a glass of wine since you don't have to get up at the crack of dawn to run

  15. Amanda@runninghood says

    You're so smart! We can all learn from you…better to take a break and still be able to run rather than push through it and make matters worse. Hope you're feeling 100% soon!

  16. Kate says

    2 weeks is a long time for someone that runs as much as you do. 2 weeks, 6 months, it always feels too long to go withuot running.

    Luckily, these next few weeks will be pretty jam packed with holiday craziness and will hopefully zip right on by. :) Rest up. I hope you your ITB starts feeling better soon.

  17. Dash says

    It's a smart move and these two weeks are crazy anyway, a perfect time to enjoy the holidays and then look at training in the new year!! I hope it works out and you get better quickly, I'm sorry to hear you are going through that! Also, congrats on your AG award at the Celtic Soltice race! :)

  18. Aimee says

    I'm sorry about your ITB! As hard as it is, I'm sure you're doing the right thing by taking time off! With the holidays all around us, I'm sure the time will fly by and you'll be back out there running before you know it!

  19. MCM Mama says

    Fingers crossed that the two weeks do the trick! I feel your pain. I'm still running very minimal slow mileage on the treadmill – after taking two weeks off after Thanksgiving. Sigh…

    Hang in there!

  20. P says

    Good for you, taking a rest now before your ITB gets any worse! An ounce of prevention (two weeks rest) beats a pound of cure (six months of rehab) any day.

  21. amy says

    I know how you feel but taking this time is so smart and your body will thank you for it. Dash is right about it being good timing with the holidays. Can you spend some quality time in the pool instead? Looking forward to the post two weeks from now that says you feel great!

  22. Julie says

    Good luck to you! The next two weeks will go by fast and you will be giving your body the rest that it needs:)

    Happy Holidays Amanda! Take care…hugs to you!

  23. Mamarunsbarefoot says

    Hang in there!! You know it's normal to stress about losing your fitness. Just do something else and allow your body to heal.

    Merry Christmas!!!

  24. Leah @ Chasing Atalanta says

    Gosh darn ITB. I hear getting a tattoo is good distraction therapy. Just sayin' 😉

    Best of luck healing up!

  25. The Hungry Runner Girl says

    I feel your pain!! Seriously I went mad crazy when I had to take time off…only us crazy runners understand how long the day is when you can't get your run in. Good luck and keep us updated.

  26. Goose says

    Sorry about the ITBand… I admire you being so respectful of your body. Hope you heal up real soon and come back strong!

  27. Chris K says

    Drats, drats, double drats! I do like your mom's quote. Reminds me of something I heard last year that I'll never forget. There was a study and it was discovered that 9 times out of 10 the things we worry about never come true. Sorry Zip. BTW, my Achilles super hurt the last 10 days and then just stopped.

  28. Lisa says

    While it might have been a tough decision, sounds like you probably made the right one. Two weeks is nothing compared to a life of running! Take it easy and you'll be back running again soon!

    Happy Holidays!!

  29. Adrienne says

    It's no secret I've struggled with having to take time off, but you are wise in resting-plus setting a great example for others.

    Heal soon and Merry Christmas!

  30. Jess @ Blonde Ponytail says

    I bet I missed your tag post while I was soaking up the sun! he he! I need to catch up on some of your posts!!!

  31. Heather says

    Sorry to hear this. Hopefully it won't seem so long because of the holidays and everything else going on. It's a smart move to listen to your body and take care of yourself. Hang in there lady!

  32. Char says

    If only we had a magic ball and could see if it was worth our while worrying. I hope Santa brings you a happier ITB for Christmas.

  33. Silly Girl Running says

    Ouch! That sucks! I know how frustrating this is! Luckily for you, swimming and cycling isn't as bad as it seems. :)

    Congrats to Kayla!

  34. LMC says

    Sorry about the ITB issue. I really hope two weeks off will take care of it! I know those will be two long weeks for you. Hang in there! BTW, I love your mom's advice "don't borrow trouble". I'm gonna use that one! Merry Christmas!

    Congrats to Kayla!

  35. Happy Feet 26.2 says

    I know exactly how you feel, having my first mild injury last fall (just after FINALLY BQing). I was so worried about needing more time to let it heal, but wanting to train for Boston. It all worked out fine, and I hope the 2 wks will work for you too.

    Merry Christmas MissZippy! Get some rest and I look forward following your training for Boston.

  36. Barbie says

    2 weeks rest over Xmas is perfect. You get to enjoy the family and fingers crossed you get totally spoilt in the process. Merry Christmas Amanda.

  37. Terri says

    Sending healing thoughts your way, and really, if you had to take a break perhaps this is the best time? Hoping you're all better with the new year!

  38. Fran says

    I'm definitely having positive thoughts here and keep fingers crossed that two weeks will be enough!

    Have a merry Christmas!

  39. 2 Slow 4 Boston says

    I know how you feel about taking off running. Hope you can find some other cardio to keep you busy and minimize loss of fitness.

  40. Alison B., "Runbuggy" says

    I totally understand how you feel and realize there is nothing I can say to make you feel better. It just plain sucks! I hope you heel fast!