IT Band Update
You may have noticed that my posts have been few and far between as of late. Blogging has not been my greatest priority. Living trumps blogging, right?
Speaking of living, I went for an 8k run last night. I must say that my IT band rehab is paying off, because while my hip felt a little tight starting around the 4.5k mark, it stayed at “a little” tight. No lateral knee pain, no achiness, no progression to major tightness. No pain afterward, either.
Yesterday morning, I met with an exercise therapist regarding strengthening the muscles in my hips, core, and legs. The ET happens to be a friend of mine and not only knows her stuff, but also happens to “dabble” in adventure racing. As you might imagine, she’s pretty hard-core, which translated to a pretty hard-core workout for me, and my legs were already getting sore by the time I went for my run last night, so today, I reached the “it hurts to sit down or stand up point.” It did not make for a pleasant day today, especially as far as stairs were concerned. It’s kind of awesome, though, to know that I pushed myself so hard.
Part of the whole rehab thing has involved making sure I maintain a higher cadence and aim for a faster pace. Since I can’t actually run faster without wanting to hurl, though, I’ve been throwing in some walking. Seems to do the trick.
Tomorrow, I’m babysitting my baby nephew so my sister and her husband can catch a movie in the evening. I was thinking of hopping on the treadmill at my sister’s house while sitting, but since I’m also bringing my own kids along, that might not work. So, I’ll be running Friday night, after I drive home after work. I already know motivation will be a challenge, because after working all day and then driving for 2 1/2 hours with (probably fighting) kids in the backseat, I think my bed will be calling me. Wish me luck!