At the beginning it was just a light pain, a pinching on the external part of my knee, and did not pay much attention, because when you prepare a marathon you learn to cope with pain.
But then, suddenly and unexpectedly, the pain burst, as if someone threaded a knife on the side of my knee, and could not bent it anymore, could hardly climb or get down the stairs, and had problems even to walk.
The first time it went over in a couple of days, and I didn’t bother too much. I reduced a bit the number of kilometers and the intensity of my trainings, to give time to my body to recover. But the second time I got scared.
And unfortunately the orthopedist’s diagnosis confirmed my fears: ilio-tibial band syndrome. Prognosis: 20-30 days of rest and physiotherapy (but it may take months to be completely recovered).
With six weeks left to the Rome marathon, this basically means I will not be able to run it.
And I don’t know what bothers me more: the fact that I will not be able to run this race that I have been meticulously preparing for almost six months, the fact that I had to interrupt the preparation just when I got very fit (last week I was literally flying) - and who knows how long it will take to be back in good form, or the fact that this is an unequivocal sign of the fact that we are getting old…