Turkey Trot 10k Race Recap

This past weekend I participated in the Marine Corps Marathon’s Turkey Trot 10K. It was a little cold and breezy, but besides that it was such a fun race! It was located on the marine corp base Quantico. I had never participated in a Turkey Trot before, but I thought “what better way to dive into the Thanksgiving festivities then to do a Turkey Trot?!”

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So since it was a turkey trot; I figured I would need to dress the part. I choose some festive zensah turkey compression socks! These socks were the perfect addition to my otherwise simple running outfit.

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It took about the first mile before my legs began to warm up. And because I have not been training regularly I decided to take it easy on the pace. So I found a nice comfortable pace and my legs felt nice and fresh; that is until my IT band began to cause me problems! I could feel it down in the lateral aspect of my knee. It was strange that I was feeling this pain in the left knee. I usually suffering from pain in my right knee; and that is generally my problematic IT band. But for some reason my left IT band decided to cause my problems today!

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Towards the end of the race I had to stop a few times to shake off the pain. Especially since the pain was problematic going uphill. I probably should not have run through the pain like I did. But, I persevered and I made it through the entirety of the race! Maybe not my best choice. I suffered from pain and soreness to that same spot until the next day. But with rest, foam rolling and ice I was able to bounce back. I am still going to rest my legs this week before I jump back into running.

I have had an orthopedic doctor tell me once that I should run till it hurts and then stop. That was his method of rehab. Of course that is not always going to work for everyone and I encourage following up with a healthcare provider if you have persistent pain as this can be indicative of a more serious condition. So run smart everyone!

I am going to take my own advice and rest this week. Maybe I will throw some yoga in for fun. Happy running and Happy Thanksgiving!

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