First Run in 7 Days

Friday after work I went swimming. And finally the pool heater WORKED. It felt great to have a good swim. Thankfully when I got home, Michael had dinner ready!

I was so thankful that he had dinner ready, even if it was pizza. 😉 I steamed some broccoli and added Goddess Dressing for something healthy.

I was famished and I ate 3 slices of pizza. They were the Papa Murphy’s deLite pizza (low calories) so I do not feel guilty at all! We watched True Blood and then laid in bed for an hour watching pug puppy videos on Youtube. Talk about an exciting Friday night, right?


Saturday morning I woke up at 7am to go for a short run. My first run since Hood to Coast. I started running down our street toward the track. I felt really good for about 2 miles. I did not have any soreness in my legs, no pain in my body. My chest was fine. All was good! WOO HOO!

The weather was cool and the morning was quiet. I felt good as I ran down to the track. No one was out.

I had the music going in my headphones (no speaker needed here!), groovin’ and feeling great. I felt fast too. No pain in my legs!

Then the pain.

Pain in my knee. Every time I ran. If I walked, I was okay. Knee pain. Not good. Knee pain like this = IT Band.


My heart sank.

I tried not to think about it too much. I thought maybe I just needed to loosen up. After all, it HAD been only 7 days since Hood to Coast–when I brutalized my body for this:

I tried to tell myself that maybe I just wasn’t quite ready to run so soon after Hood to Coast.

After Mile 3, I couldn’t ignore it any longer. The pain wasn’t excruciating but it was enough to notice. And I did not have the pain when I just WALKED. I told myself I’d do just a few more laps around the track and then head back to the house. I had to get showered and eat before my PHOTO SHOOT! FUN!

I decided it was definitely time to go home. I also decided I’d just run up the stadium stairs once and head home. I got to the first step and totally tripped. I went down HARD.

I had a humongous knot on my left shin and a big gash in my leg. The photos do not do it justice.

I scraped up both palms, both knees, I scraped my elbow in two places. I hurt. 🙁

Thank GOODNESS I did not fall on my face and scrape up my face the morning of my very first photo shoot.

My shin throbbed. I could see the raised goose-egg forming and I tried not to cry. (Is it just me or am I crying a lot this week??) I texted Michael saying simply “I fell. Walking home.” Of course at the time I didn’t even think to say “I’m ok.” He called me immediately to see if I needed him to pick me up. I walked (did NOT run) the last half mile back to the house. I didn’t limp but every time I tried to jog I throbbed.


I tried not to cry because I knew that would make my face red and puffy. Gawd. I got home, stretched (aka laid on the floor stretching and trying not to cry). Michael got home and checked on me and I had to suck it up and shower. The Hair and Makeup Chick was going to be at our house shortly.

The shower hurt. But when I was dried off and almost dressed I was able to use some of Michael’s Magical Cream on my wounds. It’s the Magical Cream he used on his road rash when he crashed his bike 2 years ago. It works like magic! I hope it heals me.

Michael made breakfast: bacon (2 slices) and half a cheese bagel with cream cheese.

I also drank the rest of my Atkins Shake.

The door bell rang and the Hair and Makeup Girl had arrived!

Saturday’s Stats:

Distance: 4 miles

Time: 47:28

Calories Burned: 457

Outcome: IT Band issues, fell, walked home. Sad Face. 🙁

QUESTION: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE give me some good news like IT Band injuries heal and I will someday run again…

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

13 thoughts on “First Run in 7 Days”

  1. ugh, that sucks! i’m totally in the same boat as you with the running injuries. i think listening to your body is key, when it’s hurting, honor and respect it by resting or doing other activities that don’t hurt.

    how is your running form? there may be some easy tweaks/adjustments to your technique that might help. the book Chi Running by Danny Dreyer really helped me. a few little changes and i was able to eliminated about 80% of my knee pain while running.

    good luck!

  2. I’m so sorry that your IT band is injured and that you fell. Awful! I struggle with my knee. Walking fast is just fine, but sometimes I can run and sometimes not. I hate feeling like I am at the mercy of my knee to do what I want.

    1. Yes–that’s what my experience was like too. I felt fantastic when I first started to run, then felt great when walking (no pain) but then the knee pain started. It was disappointing.

  3. So sorry for the awful run and the fall! I’m such a klutz – I fall ALL the time.
    It’s such a struggle to have an injury. I’ve been dealing with one right after the other for the past two years and it sucks! I just want to run like the wind…and I can’t.

    I CAN tell you that I had IT Band issues my first marathon and with rest they totally went away. I have a friend who had huge IT problems that were solved with new shoes. Maybe a trip to the running store would help?

    1. That is great to hear. I think I will rest and take a break from running. I WAS training for Hood to Coast for a year….I got fitted for running shoes and LOVE them but maybe they are getting worn out.

  4. I’m so sorry to hear about your IT band and your fall! What a rough run! My hubby had IT band issues and got a magical Styrofoam tube from the doctor that he was able to use to stretch it out and get it to heal. He’s fine now. I hope that helps!

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