I ran (well, ran/walked) for 45"! on a treadmill! before PT today, and then went right up for my appointment. PT Joe says . . . I am recovering very, very well! I ran mostly pain-free, with just a little achey-ness in the joint and a touch behind the knee, but none of that ouchy! oh shit! ITB pain. The ache represents lingering inflammation and is to be expected. Considering I skied (downhill) for a couple hours this morning, then the run on top of it, Joe says I am doing wonderfully well. He then proceeded to rub and ice and rub the knee some more for like half an hour. Oh, how I love PT . . .
He's given me a become-a-runner-again schedule, one that I am totally psyched about: run/walk intervals of 3" x 45" three times a week for two weeks (being really sure to ice afterwards, and stretch the quads in the middle), and if I remain mostly pain free, then drop the walking. Then see him again.
So what this really means is, if all goes well, by mid-February I should be running/no walking and then can get back to base-building or milage building or whatever I want, don't look back, oboy I might be a running runner again in just a couple of weeks! WHOPPEE!
(I sooooo feel like I have really dodged a bullet here, I read of other folks that struggle for months and months with the same injury, and here I am looking at getting back in real action in just a couple more weeks. I know I shouldn't be counting my chickens yet, but I really feel like I am over the hump with this and I'm just very, very pleased.)