Monday, June 18, 2007

Well, here we are, 2 weeks into training season for my fall marathon, and I'm in slight panic mode because my IT Band is acting up.

I've had this once before, back in 2000 when I did my first marathon. Just a little discomfort during training season, didn't even know what it was, shrugged it off and kept running - that is, until race day, when after a mile-long downhill coming off the 59th street bridge, I was doubled over in pain. Walked the last 10 miles to finish the race, and two weeks post-marathon, when I was still in horrible pain just walking, gave in and saw a sports medicine guy who promptly diagnosed me with ITBS. Took about 5 months to recover from it.

Now here we are, early in the training season, and I'm already passed the mild discomfort stage. Am icing off and on during the day, being very faithful to my stretching, and will hope for the best.

In the meantime, I'm getting recommendations for sports medicine doctors in my area. Harrumph (as she stamps foot in annoyance)...

5 comments:

RunJulieRun said...

I'm having ITBS as well. I think I may have had it all along.

Mine is weird, it's in my hip!

ReneeMc said...
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ReneeMc said...

Liz, are you foam rolling? I know you probably are, but I can't overemphasize how that speeds recovery. Ever since I had an IT injury in the fall I've foam rolled daily. Oh, who doesn't remember the first time she puts her injured IT Band on the roller? The screaming, the crying, the torture, the desire to cause bodily harm to another person.
Good luck! You can beat it.

SuperMelRunning said...

Hey Renee, We miss you on the WW thread. I have your blogsite booked marked, so I have been following what you have been doing. I see you signed up for your first marathon. Good luck with your training. Please check back here and keep us updated. :)

ReneeMc said...

Thanks, Melissa. I just checked back at the Marathoners thread the other day and saw that you started this blog. This will be easier for me to keep up with than the thread, I think. It's good to see all of you having so much success!