Last February 2013 I had to stop at kilometer 32 during my first marathon. I could not continued due to primarily ITBS on my left leg. Additionally hit a big wall and had cramps in both hamstrings.
Prior to that race I had been having a sharp pain on the outside of my left knee which only appeared after running 20k or so. That means that it showed up only during long runs.
After that race (February 2013) I kept running and participating in some 10k and ne 21k with no problem at all until recently that I started the 42k program (24 week program from the Chi marathon book).
This time is not my left knee but my right one which developed the ITBS. That started to happen two weeks ago on a 24k long run. This week I run a 26k and also hurt.
This is what I have done about it during my last long run:
1.- Focused on pelvic leveling. Tried to keep the C shape and to keep side to side stable.
2.- Tried to land with my feet pointing forward and keeping the leg straight on the movement to the rear.
3.- Shorted my stride specially when going uphill.
4.- Used a pad wrap on both legs.
5.- During the last 10k combined running with short walks (that helped me to finish).
6.- Kept running on second gear always.
This is what I am doing after the run:
1.- Apply ice on the outside of the knee (right where the pain is located).
2.- Massage with a foam roller.
3.- Take anti-inflammatory every 8 hours.
4.- Just started to do strength exercises for my gluteus mediums and abductors.
I am registered to run a marathon next February 23th. That is 12 weeks ahead. I am 57 years old and I can run pretty well 5k, 10k and even 21k races with considerably good times according to my age category. However, running longer than 21k seems that my body cannot support. Some friends point me that I have to do more strength works (which I hate). Or simply I should forget about full marathons and concentrate in shorter races (which would make me feel limited and frustrated).
I am a supinator and have been using nike pegasus 29 shoes. For my next run I will change to Brooks Glycerin which I feel might be more stable. Just to see what happens.
Anyways, I still want to try and won’t give up unless I try my best. I appreciate your comments and if possible an advice.
Best wishes for all.