Tough Twelve

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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This morning’s 12-mile run started out like usual: Mal and I woke up bright and early, I took the pug for a walk, and he made us peanut butter and banana sandwiches.


And iced coffees with soy milk.


Our team run was canceled due to the holiday, so Mal and I planned our own 12-mile route around town.



The run started like any other Saturday long run. Mal and I ran together for the first two miles and then he took off at his super fast pace.


I trucked along by myself at a pretty good pace:

  • Mile 1: 8:24
  • Mile 2: 8:34
  • Mile 3: 8:58
  • Mile 4: 9:12
  • Mile 5: 9:22 <— Gu #1
  • Mile 6: 9:21
  • Mile 7: 8:56
  • Mile 8: 9:06
  • Mile 9: 9:16
  • Mile 10: 9:27 <– Gu #2


But, then I hit Mile 10.5 and things went down hill from there. 😕

The IT band on the left side of my leg started to feel really tight and even hurt a little bit. It didn’t seem like anything major, so I just stopped and stretched.

When I started to run again, I realized that I had made my IT band very angry. I tried to run the last 1.5 miles, but my IT band/knee wasn’t having it. Basically, it felt like an injury was waiting to happen– like if I pushed it, something bad would happen. So, I walked the rest of the way home and immediately put ice on it as soon as I walked in the door.


Eventually, my sweaty clothing started to make me cold, so I moved myself to the heat vent while I finished icing.


My IT band/knee feels better now that I’ve iced it, but I’m definitely giving it a break for the next couple of days.

Now, I am starving! Time to refuel with leftovers from On the Border! :mrgreen:



  1. foam roller STAT!
    if you don’t own one, buy one STAT!

    i love your marathon training posts–they are really inspirational.

  2. Oh noooo! So smart of you to stop and walk the rest instead of continuing your run and hurting yourself even more. I am with Lolly when she says foam roller – Those puppies work miracles for IT bands. Enjoy your leftovers and I hope your IT band feel better soon!

  3. I had problems with my IT band on my right knee and even stopped running for a while because I couldn’t figure out how to fix it or what was going on. Hopefully you can stop by a running store and pick up a band to go around your knee-it really helps!

  4. My IT band/knee was perfect during my half training until I got to those double digits! Mile 11 was the trigger for me! I did just what you are doing – icing, foam rolling and backed off running for a week- and all went well with the half. Good for you for realizing that you don’t need to push it and do further damage! Hope it heals up quick for you, Tina!

  5. Be careful with that IT band! It seems like a lot of us bloggers are having IT band issues (myself included…I have to cut way back on my half-marathon training for the next two weeks :/)

    Unlike me, you actually listened to your legs, so I’m sure you will be great! 🙂

    Great run despite the IT band! 🙂

  6. Good for you for going for a run even without your team. Wish I had your motivation and I do hope that your leg continues to feel better 🙂

  7. Good call on not pushing it too hard. Since IT bands run from your hip to your knee, angry ones can cause all sorts of pain!!

    As others have suggested, foam rolling is a life saver, as well as specific IT band stretches (cross one foot in front of the other and bend to touch your toes)

    Best of luck!

  8. Sorry about your IT band! =( The best thing to do for the first 72 hours is RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). If you can, put ice on your bare skin & wrap an ace bandage at 75% of its stretching capacity around it for 20 minutes every 2 hours. I just learned about this in my Prevention & Care of Sports Injuries class lol. Hope that helps though!

  9. So sorry to hear about your IT band pain. I know it very well, and can definitely attest to the fact it’s no fun — and not something to take lightly. Good for you for ending your run at the onset of the pain! Doing that will go such a long way in ensuring that you don’t suffer an injury. (I wish I’d had that foresight two years ago!)

    IT band pain aside, you had a great run!

  10. Sorry to hear about the IT band issue.

    It is so great that you stopped though when your body was sending a warning. Sometimes the hardest thing to do when training is to respect your physical limits and listen to those pain cues.

  11. Hi! I’ve actually hurt my IT band three weeks ago and it still keeps hurting anytime I try to run for long distances. The last time I tried running was two days ago and it was just suppose to be an easy 3.5 miler but my knee was killing me so i have once again taken a break off of running. I ice it every time it hurts but it hasn’t gotten any better.
    Any tips on how to get better?

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