“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” ~Helen Keller
Ok. I have been suffering with my IT Band for a good amount of time now. At times I can run and barely feel it. Other times, I feel like I could rip the side of my knee out.
Last Saturday, I completed a 14-mile solo run. I experienced some pain, but it was nothing that made me stop. I had visions of picking up this piece of rope on the side of the road and using it as an IT Band brace. Then, I saw a red strap, a rubber bungee strap, and a piece of nylon string and envisioned the same use for all. Even though all of those thoughts were going through my head, I never stopped. AND overall, I enjoyed the run. There is something about being out on a long run by yourself that feels like freedom. It makes me smile today just thinking about it.
But I am NOT smiling for long. Today, Terri and I went out for our long run and the pain became unbearable. We had to cut the run short after completing only 11.5 miles. I was limping and scarcely at a slow jog. It looked more like a hobble. I wanted to cry, scream, shriek, but instead I moaned, groaned, and called out to a Higher Power. Forget “No Pain, No Gain!”
It looks like R.I.C.E. is in my future. I did all of that for the remainder of the day. Rest, ice, compression, elevation.
“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” ~C.S. Lewis