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Playing it safe

I set out this morning to bang out what I thought would be an easy 16 mile run. I got to mile 5 and had to stop to use the restroom. When I started to run again I noticed my left IT band felt right. I noticed similar pain after last week 17 mile hill run. Today the pain was not really bad enough to stop until I just passed the 10 mile mark and I tried to stretch out my legs by kicking my butt and felt and awful pain shit up my left side. I stopped at once and did some stretches. I tried to run again but the pain was too great to continue. I was devasted. I was set on running 16 miles today. The weather was great my daughter was with my mom and my son was with my son husband and all was well except this IT band. After I called my husband for a ride home I did some more stretching and it felt better but I still knew I shouldn't push it. This is not a concept that comes easy to me. I will probably beat myself up all day for not reaching my goal, when I should really be patting myself on the back for listening to my body and not causing myself more pain. I'm going to try my best to turn this over right now while I lay here with this ice pack on. Hopefully I feel good enough to do a slow run tomorrow .

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