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25 days from my Half Ironman and I think my IT Band is injured!

KSH2010-05-02 02:09:48 +0000 #1

Yes, I am totally paranoid at this point... but I think this is more than being paranoid.

So I ran Friday night, 5.5 miles. After the run it felt like my knee was swollen. Very odd. Nothing I had felt before. Due to it hurting I didn't ride my 70 mile ride as scheduled on Saturday.

I get up Saturday and take some Aleve. BAM! My pain is gone. So, I proceed to lay around all day (10-5) and then I decide that my knee is fine so there is no reason why I should miss what I have on my schedule.

I push my long run to Saturday and I go run 10 miles on the treadmill (too hot for outside running).

I get up Sunday and my knee seems to be fine. No pain to speak of. I ride 30 miles at about a 13 mph average- it's a slow ride.

Monday I go swim 4,000 yards.

Today... Tuesday... I go to run at lunch. I was only going to do 2.5 miles just due to lack of time. It was a beautiful day and only around 78 degrees. Cold for Texas!

I start to run. WOAH! Not good! The outside of the left leg by/around the knee hurts. Only hurts when I run on it. Great. My lower legs are tightening up. I walk. I stretch. I try to run again. PAIN! EXTREME PAIN! Everything below the knees hurts.

I then decided to call it a day and limped back to the office. Typically I would finish the miles but I knew that something was really wrong with the left leg.

Then I rode 25 miles tonight at a 15 mph average. The leg felt fine during the ride for the most part.

Now that I'm at home it's still OK, but there is pain. I believe it's the IT band. It's on the outside of my knee and right above it. Like a muscular pain. Very localized. I looked at pictures of where the IT band will hurt and that's where it hurts.

But I don't have pain in the upper part of the leg near the hip or the butt. I only hurt there. I have to say though, I can't run on it.

Dang it. If I'm injured right before my HIM this is totally going to suck. It's every athletes worse nightmare... right? Yes, I can walk the run but I didn't run 70-80 miles each month, for the past 3 months to walk 13 miles.

I hope to get to a Dr. to get it checked out by the end of the week. Maybe ice, rest, stretching, and a cortizone shot (ok, I know I probably won't get one... but a gal can dream

)... MAYBE I can run by the HIM.

Running Mommy2010-05-02 02:19:07 +0000 #2
Lots of things you can do for an ITB. BUT you don't want to pisz it off anymore than it already is, so lay off the running. You have the fitness for the race, so be smart about this.

Lot's of stretches you can do. Google the ITB or go on in their injury section.

With the proper protocol you will be ok come race day, just be careful and keep up the stretches even after the pain goes away.

OY if this doesn't happen to ALL of us at one time or another!!
Deborajen2010-05-02 02:59:06 +0000 #3
I hope it's nothing major - I know you've been working for a long time for this.

I think I've been having IT band issues, too. Have you tried IT band stretches? I found some on the Runner's World website and have gotten some relief from them. I hate to say it, but I'm not 100% yet and it's been about a month since this all started. I've only been doing the stretches for about a week though.

Maybe someone else has some other suggestions. Knee stuff is all new to me. Good luck - hope you get it resolved and finish that HIM that you've earned.

Wahine2010-05-02 02:57:28 +0000 #4
KSH - I experienced something very similar 2 weeks before IM. I went for a deep tissue massage and stretched like crazy. I stopped running and hoped for the best on race day and it was fine. No problems during or afterward.

If you need some specific stretching links PM me.
RoadRaven2010-05-02 02:54:43 +0000 #5
Do all the stuff Doc suggests, and PM Wahine for her stretches!

Sending positive thoughts your way, KSH

I know how virtually devastating it can be to get so close... but there is still time to manage it
rocknrollgirl2010-05-02 04:19:15 +0000 #6
KSH, I have had ITB problems off and on for the past two years. It usually gets pissed off if I increase my distance too suddenly, or run too many hills. Do the stretches, massage does help, and ICE.

You have to back off the running, for a bit or it can become chronic. You have a good strong base, so don't panic.

Let us know what happens.




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