Training update

As you can see in my training log on the right… I have been keeping up with the running although it has not been easy with all the travel and long meetings that I have been facilitating. My ITB is getting better, I figured out if I maintain a good posture I don’t have the pain. I have been doing the strength training exercise and stretching quite a bit. I am feeling good lets see how it transpires. I got my London Marathon Running Number 57195. I am extremely excited about the marathon… and the magazine was quite inspiring.
I did 27 km today, but my goal was 30! The reason was I lost my energy gels while I was running and I had done about 2 and half hours of running without any supplement and when I reached for the gel it was gone!!! it was quite disappointing and I realized that I might get into a fix if I tried to run the entire run without any supplement. But on the positive note, I was feeling very good running the entire 2 hours and 39 minutes with just water.

Helsinki, Oslo, London, Stockholm & Luxembourg

That has been the order of my travel the last 3 to 4 weeks… I had forgotten how tiring getting on a plane and getting off used to be until the last couple of weeks. Well, I hope this trend should not last too long. I have been given the mandate by my bank‘s leadership to facilitate the integration of a FIM a financial services company in Finland. It has been going well so far but as I always tell myself “The proof is in the pudding!”, we need to execute on the opportunities that the combined organizations have. It is a very exciting and challenging role, lets see what my blog post says in another six months :)

Other than that I have been keeping up with the running, although I have not been able to do a lot of cross-training like I planned to do, I have been keeping up with the running.

iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS)

Well, for the past couple of weeks I have been suffering from iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS). I think it is probably due to a couple of reasons:
1. My right leg is 4mm shorter than my left leg
2. I increased the total distance to 60km per week the week before I got the pain on my knee
3. My legs are not that strong

I have been addressing point 3 by doing strength training, mainly weight lifting and cross training. But could not do anything about the fact that I got it. Today I had a good 9.56km run in the treadmill and I have been stretching a lot and doing a number of exercises to strengthen my iliotibial band. April 22 is approaching quite fast and I feel like I need to do a couple of long runs so tomorrow I am planning to do 30km very slow maybe around 6 min 30 sec pace per km.

I found a good blog post on the strength training exercise for the Iliotibial Band.