I hesitated to write this post, because sometimes I like the head-in-the-sand approach: if you ignore it, the problem doesn’t exist. However, I am also a very analytical person, so that approach rarely lasts long, and then I move on with reality.
On my schedule today was a 15k run with a few above-race-pace intervals mixed in. The first hour went pretty well, and then I noticed some slight soreness along my left hip. I ran a little more, and then the knee pain showed up. Sadly, I know what this means: IT band syndrome. Now that I’ve written that down and faced it, my head is officially out of the sand.
For those of you not familiar, click here to read up. Unfortunately, though (or maybe fortunately, in this case – I’m not sure yet), I AM familiar with IT band syndrome, having had to stop running for six weeks earlier this year while rehabbing my right IT band and hip muscles.
The sort of good news is that it’s not my right leg, which was originally injured back in the spring. This time it’s on my left side. And I also know what I’m going to do to deal with the injury:
- Ice it – 4 times per day
- Ibuprofen (I’m not saying YOU should do this, though!)
- Foam roll both IT bands (don’t want to injure the other side, either!)
- Stretch like crazy
- Book in to see my physiotherapist ASAP
I wonder if, ironically, recovering from my prior injury contributed to this one. That is, I was so focused on stretching and foam rolling and icing the right side to prevent re-injury that I forgot to take care of the left side.
While I only got about 10.5k in this morning and am disappointed not to have got my long run am, I am more concerned with injuring myself further, or, even worse, having to stop running and not do the half marathon I’m scheduled to do in 3 weeks. I think I’ll use the head-in-the-sand approach for this eventuality, at least until I speak to my physiotherapist.
Have you had to deal with IT band syndrome? What about other injuries? What’s your favoured approach to dealing?