As I mentioned in my 5k recap, I have some theories about what caused the flare up in my knee. It wasn't ITBS, which I'm extremely grateful for. I know that spot intimately, unfortunately, and I was able to keep running to finish the race, albeit in shorter spurts. This new spot flared up in September, and now I have a little bit of a pattern and some extra info.
In early September, I felt a twinge in that spot but it wasn't bad, so I held off until my chiro appointment to bring it up, and got it worked on. My first run after it was a lot more than a twinge and I cut my run short to not push it. My chiro appointment this month was the Wednesday before my 5k, and again it flared up. A little bit of a pattern, which I can experiment with next month. My appointment is early November, and I'm not looking for a race until the week of Thanksgiving.
The other main theory is my tight calf. The calf itself didn't bother me during the race, but my LRS suggested the calf was still responsible for this new flare up. The outside of the calf can cause that kinetic chain to be strained, and I need to work to loosen up the muscle near the shin bone. That's not always easy, but I have my stick and lacrosse ball, and the internet to help with stretches to target that spot. I've started with the stick and lacrosse ball already for this recovery week, and I found a great stretch yesterday by playing around with my yoga strap.
I also think I should build in some recovery weeks during the next round. I think it would be beneficial for my body to have a week where I keep up with yoga and easy biking, but back off on pounding the pavement. Now that we're in racing season, I can sign up for a couple more 5k's and focus on building mileage outside to keep my natural stride.
I won't lie, the new flare up is frustrating, but my IT band did well during the 5k and I found out what else I need to do to keep moving forward. It's always a learning process and I'm exciting to start again next week.