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More on my IT band and my coach is nuts!

KSH2010-05-02 01:14:45 +0000 #1
Well, my IT band is still hurting. I'm 19 days from my Half Ironman and I haven't run in a week.

I have done the stretches, although some feel like they aren't doing a damn thing. I have also done the foam roller along with ice. Trust me, it's not healed up.

I am going to a chiro who is an ART practitioner (deep tissue work) Tuesday, and then I get a deep tissue massage. On Wednesday I see a Dr. to determine what can be done if anything else and how to proceed.

So I send my coach an email describing the pain and stating that I cannot run. What does he do? Puts 6 miles of running on my training calendar for the week. Not sure if he doesn't listen or he thinks I'm just whining over nothing.

In the end, I know to listen to MY BODY. If it hurts I'm not running. Better to preserve what little I have left so I can make it through the race.

Then after this season I take up RACE WALKING! I even found a 3-day clinic in my state in December!
rocknrollgirl2010-05-02 01:19:53 +0000 #2
I am glad that you are listening to your body and not to your coach.

I have been thinking about you all week. Your race must be the w/e after mine.

I am sending all of the good vibes I can spare.
KSH2010-05-02 01:41:12 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by rocknrollgirl

I am glad that you are listening to your body and not to your coach.

I have been thinking about you all week. Your race must be the w/e after mine.

I am sending all of the good vibes I can spare.

When is your race? Is it an Xterra? My race is 10-7-07.

Yea I think my coach is a bit nuts at time. I have already found a local guy to switch to after my HIM. My new coach will train me for my IM.

Thanks for the good vibes... I appreciate it.

I am being positive though. If I have to walk, then as Running Mommy would say, "I am going to walk with a purpose". No slow walking for me.
NJBikeGal2010-05-02 01:48:55 +0000 #4
I have had recurring IT band trouble for years. This started when I was training for a long distance race...the ONLY thing that ever worked and continued to work for me was Spenco shoe inserts. I have since stopped running as much to focus on racing my bike, but whenever I run, I know that if I have those things in there, my knee will feel ok. If I run without them, EVER, it kills! Just an idea if it's something you haven't tried...and likely what the doctor will recommend...sorry if I am repeating what someone else has said...I just saw this thread today!
Running Mommy2010-05-02 01:41:00 +0000 #5
For as many good ones out there... - you know where I'm going with this!

I think we have the SAME coach!

Tony developed what we thought was ITB problems in July. The stretches didn't work, actually NOTHING worked. Our coach kept putting running on the schedule and SWORE it was the ITB because of where Tony described the pain- outside of the knee. Coachy- poo went as far as to infer that Tony was putting on the drama and just didn't want to run.

I know my husband better than that, and got him in to see an ortho. The coach kept chiding me and trying to say he didn't trust the doctors either, that he just KNEW it was ITB...

Well it WASN'T! The mri showed a pretty big tear in the meniscus.

So now Tony is scheduled for surgery in October.

The coach STILL wasn't satisified and was questioning what type of surgery it was going to be, because if it wasn't "the right one" or the doctor "didn't know what he was doing" Tony would never run again...

Ummm first of all, Tony told the doctor right off that not running was NOT an option. The doctor agreed that he would work with him, and the bottom line.. Tony is in massive pain and needs to get it taken care of. If that means he never runs again- well so be it. Bummer, but thats life.

Anyway..... Sorry to go off on the coaching rampage there. Ya caught me on a day when I'm in rare form!

I so hope that the ART folks can loosen it up for you. And yeah, race walking works JUST fine! Thats kinda what I do at Ironman...

Heal up there lady. I'm sending you healing vibes!

Denise
KSH2010-05-02 02:19:24 +0000 #6
Quote:

Originally Posted by Running Mommy

For as many good ones out there... - you know where I'm going with this!

I think we have the SAME coach!

Tony developed what we thought was ITB problems in July. The stretches didn't work, actually NOTHING worked. Our coach kept putting running on the schedule and SWORE it was the ITB because of where Tony described the pain- outside of the knee. Coachy- poo went as far as to infer that Tony was putting on the drama and just didn't want to run.

I know my husband better than that, and got him in to see an ortho. The coach kept chiding me and trying to say he didn't trust the doctors either, that he just KNEW it was ITB...

Well it WASN'T! The mri showed a pretty big tear in the meniscus.

So now Tony is scheduled for surgery in October.

The coach STILL wasn't satisified and was questioning what type of surgery it was going to be, because if it wasn't "the right one" or the doctor "didn't know what he was doing" Tony would never run again...

Ummm first of all, Tony told the doctor right off that not running was NOT an option. The doctor agreed that he would work with him, and the bottom line.. Tony is in massive pain and needs to get it taken care of. If that means he never runs again- well so be it. Bummer, but thats life.

Anyway..... Sorry to go off on the coaching rampage there. Ya caught me on a day when I'm in rare form!

I so hope that the ART folks can loosen it up for you. And yeah, race walking works JUST fine! Thats kinda what I do at Ironman...

Heal up there lady. I'm sending you healing vibes!

Denise

Are you still PAYING this coach? I would be surprised if you are!

Thank goodness they finally figured out what was wrong with Tony. I hope he comes through the surgery with flying colors and get ready for IMAZ!

Unfortunately, it takes insurance companies a lot to pay for an MRI. I doubt I'll get one unless the pain lasts a long time.

Yea, we will see what happens with the ART and all of that.

As for race walking... the top race walkers do a 20K in 1:30. FAST! I am sure I can race walk around a 12-13 minute mile with some practice... as I know I can walk a 15-minute mile now.

Since I run a 12-13 minute mile, I really think race walking is going to be for me.
rocknrollgirl2010-05-02 03:43:04 +0000 #7
KSH...

yes, it is an xterra, I qualified for nationals.( pardon my lack of woo hoo, I am a bit overwhelmed at the moment)

Before I started running I used to power walk, and could do a sub 12 min mile without that hip thingy that they do. If you are trained, you will be able to do it for sure.

RM,

sorry the DH is hurting....I hope all goes well with his surgery.
VeloVT2010-05-02 02:09:34 +0000 #8
Hey KSH,

what is ART? Is it like postural release technique? I had a bad case of peroneal tendinitis (tendon that wraps from outer calf behind ankle and around the lateral side of the foot) this spring while marathon training. We spent weeks doing iontophoresis which didn't really do much. At that point they did a full assessment to see if I was an orthotics candidate. Turns out I wasn't a great orthotics candidate -- so they had to brainstorm some way to help my unyielding tendinitis. One of the PTs suggested postural release massage -- and it was totally miraculous for me. It did more in two session than twelve sessions of ionto accomplished. After four sessions I was running as much as I wanted again.

I really hope you find something that helps. I have had ITB issues that prevented me from getting up and down stairs before, so I empathize -- and I also empathize with the fear of possibly not being able to complete a race you've invested time, energy and emotion in for months (my foot actually didn't heal in time for me to run my marathon this spring, after four months of training -- I was hoping to run in just over 3 hours and was on track to get there, so I was majorly disappointed. I'm going to run that race this year though, no matter what!).

So best of luck, and I'm SURE there's something out there that will help!!!!

<<sending healing thoughts & good running karma>>

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