Ask A Marathon Mommy: The Home Stretch

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Sharon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a background in mental health, substance abuse, and child welfare.

“I tried my hand at being a work at home mom, but in 2009 I decided that being a stay at home mom is what works best for me and my family, at least for now. As my kids like to say, I’m “The Boss” of the family, which includes my husband of 9 years, two daughters (ages 4 and 6), and a giant goldfish named Princess Leia. My girls are beautiful and curious and wild and exhausting, and life is never, ever dull! I love reading, traveling, trying new restaurants, and shopping for bargains. I’m also training to run my first marathon in February 2013.”

It’s almost here! The 26.2 with Donna, the National Breast Cancer Marathon, is one week from today. And the great news is that I will be running in it! I met with my orthopedist this week to discuss my MRI results. There was no evidence of a stress fracture or severe injury. Turns out it was Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS), a common injury in runners. The IT band begins in the hip, runs down the thigh, and then crosses the knee. In retrospect, this makes perfect sense. I have always experienced hip pain while running long distances, and during my 26 mile run, the hip pain was significant enough for me to take ibuprofen at miles 6 and 14.

My treatment involves resting, icing, anti-inflammatories, and lots and lots of stretching. The orthopedist said that I need to stretch for a minimum of 15 minutes before each run. At the recommendation of several of my running friends, I also purchased a foam roller for additional exercising and stretching. I did my last pre-marathon group run yesterday, and I’m happy to report that I did all 7 miles with very little pain or discomfort.

So now I will spend the next week preparing. Watching my diet, hydrating, icing my knee, buying supplies and any clothing I might need in case of bad weather (there’s a 60% chance of rain on race day). I’ll go to the race expo on Friday – it’s supposed to be lots of fun and full of goodies.

If all goes as planned, the next time I write, I will have completed my goal. I’ll officially be a marathon runner! So think happy, good weather, pain-free thoughts for me and my friends. I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

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