I shouldn't have run yesterday. It was a rest day, so normally I wouldn't have. I was still slightly sore from my half-marathon on Saturday, which was all the more reason to take a rest day. But I wanted to participate in the Run for Boston, so I decided to just take it really easy.
That would have been just fine if I hadn't gotten the call from the school to go pick up Eli, causing me to run way too fast to get back to the car. A couple of hours after I got home, I noticed I was limping a little, to avoid feeling a twinge of pain in my left knee.
It wasn't horrible pain, but considering I spent all of last year nursing knee injuries, I immediately thought it was the end of the world. I had the initial reaction of, "Now I can't run in my race next weekend, and I certainly won't be able to train for or run the Chicago Marathon with Andrea. This is it. My running career is over, and I'll never be able to run again."
I knew it was my IT band; God knows I've had enough experience with ITB pain. Out of the common knee injuries from running, the IT band is the better one to have--if you take care of it right away, it usually gets better quickly and it doesn't cause permanent damage. So after I was done dramatizing the small twinge of pain I felt with each step, I thought logically about what to do. I'm going to rest, ice, stretch, and foam-roll the hell out of it.
Phoebe helped me rest...
Foam rolling is super painful (even when not injured), but I did it for a while last night, and almost immediately felt better. By the time I went to bed, I wasn't feeling the pain at all anymore. And today, it feels fine. I'm still going to take some rest days, just in case. I'm skipping my long run tomorrow, and taking the whole weekend off, so my next run will be Monday. Then I'll hopefully be pain free and this whole thing was just a huge overreaction.
If I hadn't been injured before, I certainly wouldn't have reacted the way I did. I would have run through it, because it wasn't that painful. But I learned the hard way last year that it's much better to take time off immediately than to wait until the pain is really bad.
Speaking of being dramatic, I almost had a heart attack today. As a Windows Champions blogger, I have the opportunity to join webinars (I had no idea what that was, but it's a meeting that takes place online) every once in a while to learn about Windows and Microsoft products. I've tried to join the meetings before, but I had no idea what I was doing, or how to join in, so I just haven't attempted in a while.
Today was one of the meetings, so I decided to give it a try again. The invitation wasn't clear whether it was video or audio or just text. I'm super paranoid of having a camera on my computer, and the day I got my laptop, I taped a piece of a post-it over the webcam. That way I don't feel like I'm being watched. I had no idea what to expect at the Windows Champions meeting, and I kept picturing my face popping up on the screen, huge, for everyone to see my unwashed hair and my pajamas.
As soon as I was given access to the meeting room, there were some people who could be seen from their webcams, and others who just had a generic icon. I wasn't sure if my webcam was turned on or off, but I hoped it didn't matter, because I have the post-it over my camera. As I was looking around the screen, trying to figure out what the little icons meant, I noticed the chat box. The first thing that popped up was:
"love the post it over the webcam. just have to make sure it doesn't fall off when you have crazy hair."
Cue heart attack.
My face flushed, and I froze--how the hell could they see me?! I wanted to slam the computer shut, but I just had to figure out how they knew. I thought maybe the post-it was too see-through. Then I was able to scroll up through the conversation, and I saw that just before that comment, just before I logged in, someone had said that they have a post-it over their webcam, and the comment was just in response to that. BAHAHA!
I genuinely laughed out loud at my own stupidity. (And then quickly covered my mouth, because what if they could hear me?) ;)