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I am supposed to be doing my first marathon on the 29th September, 2 weeks ago I did a long run of 18 miles and after felt a bit of stiffness along my right IT band, last Sunday I did 20 miles and felt stiffness and a little pain in the outside of my right knee and in my hip for the last 2 miles. After I got home my IT band became incredibly painful, even just walking around the house. So I knocked a couple of miles of all my runs this week, reduced the intensity a bit and avoided too many hills, planned to only run 16 miles today instead of another 20. Ive been using a foam roller everyday and stretching after each run.
My shorter week day runs have been fine, I felt a slight niggle in the offending knee when running downhill on one occasion but that was it. Today however I got 12 miles into my planned 16, just got to the top of quite a steep hill and I felt stiffness along my IT band, I stopped and stretched a bit which helped a little but by mile 14 was in agony and had to limp the rest of the way home,
since getting home I've taken ibuprofen, iced it and used the foam roller but its still really painful. I can hardly walk, going upstairs is absolute agony.
So does this mean I'm out? next week was supposed to be the last long run before tapering and I cant see me getting it in now. Is there any chance at all that I will still be able to run this marathon? Cant believe I've got this far only to get injured in the last few weeks any advice gratefully received!