Stupid IT band.

At least I think that's what it is (that's what Dr. Josh told me it is.)
It started hurting in Vegas during the half marathon, which is why my finish time was so crappy.
And it was sore for a few days after Vegas, but let's be honest, I was in Jamaica so I didn't really care/notice.
And then it quit hurting.
Probably from my lack of running movement for a week (Jamaica = laying on the beach, by the pool, or in the hot tub)
So I thought it was all better. Just a random pain that decided to show up in Vegas, ruin my race, and then leave.

I hadn't run at all since Vegas (December 5th) until last night.
I finally got together with Jenn (for the first time in 3 weeks!! omg let's not go that long again) and we ran.... 2.5 miles.
It was cold.. and icy in some spots... but over all the cold wasn't too bad which is making me feel a lot better about this whole winter running deal.
But towards the end I started getting a familiar feeling.
It felt just like I was at mile 6 in Vegas all over again.

So yeah.
Apparently I really did hurt myself in Vegas and it wasn't all in my head.
(I knew I really did hurt myself, because of you know, the pain. But sometimes it's hard to tell if you're really hurt or if you're just being a wimp and need to push through it.)
I am still a little bummed that my new found IT band issue decided to pop in Vegas.
But I am even more bummed because I have BIG plans for 2011 and I need it to be fixed ASAP!

I guess this means no running until further notice.
I actually miss it (shocking, I know...I never thought I would say that) and since the holidays = cookies + fudge + cupcakes + all kinds of sweets + lots of family dinners = flubber around my waist = I NEED to run.
But my 2011 plans are more important than running 3-5 miles a few times a week right now, so I have to think about the big picture.
And pray that I get over this QUICKLY.

If you have any advice on how to fix IT band issues ASAP, please let me know.
Otherwise, please send good thoughts on fast healing and pray that the running gods smile down on me.
Gracias, friends.