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Freakin' bizarre end to a half marathon

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Post  dot520 Sat Nov 02, 2013 5:03 pm

I'm writing this is the health/injury board instead of the race report area because I'd love to know if this has happened to anyone. 

Situation:

I'm running the Monumental Half marathon today and somewhere around mile 11.75 my left IT band seizes up (I didn't feel any twinges coming on) and I can barely bend my leg.  I finish the race doing the skip/hop/jog step to the finish losing at least a minutes time.  I get the finish, take a few steps and nearly collapse since the left leg decides to go out on me.  I've had this happen before with IT problems so no big deal  with the exception of some well meaning med gal trying to save me.  Here is the bizarre thing....

About  20-30 steps into the chute, the IT band problem totally disappears.  I mean it's non existent, I'm walking regular, no twinge, no hobbling.  If I had known that just walking through a water stop would reset the IT band I would have had a better finish.  Has this happened to anyone???
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Post  Mark B Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:08 pm

No, it hasn't happened to me... but wow! That's definitely a rotten way to end a race.

Good luck figuring it out.
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:25 pm

No but it might have been a combination of dehydration and cold. My lower back/diaphragm seized up when I finished and suddenly I could barely walk through the chute. Hobbled through, drank, and put on dry clothes. Sat for a few minutes in the sun and then I was fine and still am. Odd as well
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Post  Gobbles Sun Nov 03, 2013 1:21 pm

A bit like Michele, I've had the pain (back, hamstrings, etc.) that completely go away after a few minutes of quitting.
This almost exclusively happens when I am sick, or about to be sick.
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Post  wrichman Mon Nov 04, 2013 12:26 am

dot520 wrote:I'm writing this is the health/injury board instead of the race report area because I'd love to know if this has happened to anyone. 

Situation:

I'm running the Monumental Half marathon today and somewhere around mile 11.75 my left IT band seizes up (I didn't feel any twinges coming on) and I can barely bend my leg.  I finish the race doing the skip/hop/jog step to the finish losing at least a minutes time.  I get the finish, take a few steps and nearly collapse since the left leg decides to go out on me.  I've had this happen before with IT problems so no big deal  with the exception of some well meaning med gal trying to save me.  Here is the bizarre thing....

About  20-30 steps into the chute, the IT band problem totally disappears.  I mean it's non existent, I'm walking regular, no twinge, no hobbling.  If I had known that just walking through a water stop would reset the IT band I would have had a better finish.  Has this happened to anyone???


Same thing happened to me around mile 19 of my first marathon. I ran/hobbled for a few blocks and then it just went away and I finished in a good time. It was very sore and painful for weeks after though. Was in PT for a few weeks. Hope you're ok!
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Post  dot520 Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:44 am

It's good to hear that I'm not the only one who has strange things happen like this.  I haven't felt a twinge since so I guess I'm good to go.  Michele, you may speak some truth there as I might have been slightly dehydrated toward the end.  The 3rd and 5th mile aid stations were a fuster cluck.  Very unorganized which is unusual and I probably just didn't get enough liquids.  Fortunately it was a training run for me and I'm good to go for the next half on Dec 15th in Indy.
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Post  Mike MacLellan Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:08 am

This just happened to me last Thursday.  ITB on my knee got so wonky that I could barely put weight on the leg - and it was painful when I did.  COMPLETELY went away 10 minutes after finishing.
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Post  Jeff F Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:18 pm

Dot,

This happened to me in my first marathon, Chicago 2006.  Around the half my left ITB seized up, never happened in training.  I walked, hobbled and ran through mile 15-16 when it loosened up and I was able to run pain free.  Around mile 23-24 I stopped to walk through the aid station and it seized up again.  I was determined to not walk in so I hobbled for about another 1/2 mile and it loosened up again and I was able to run through the finish.  Not quite the same but similar.
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