Monday, 12 January 2009

Iliotibial band

In recent weeks I've upped my mileage by about twenty per cent and I think it is paying off. I am running a little ahead of my target tempo pace and my interval sessions seem to be getting a little easier. However, there is a drawback. My IT band is playing up, atleast as a self diagnosis I think that is what it is and has resulted in 'Runner's Knee'. I am pretty sure this is what is it as I have all the classic symptoms, a dull and sometimes sharp pain, especially getting up from a seated position or walking downstairs.
Also, the stretches that relieve and/or prevent IT band pain do seem to work and are keeping it under control. I am trying to build in more stretching and gym work to strengthen my quads, hamstrings and glutes. FIngers crossed this will do the trick!

1 comment:

Thomas said...

Hmm, I think Runner's knee and ITB are two completely different things. Having said that, the only time my ITB was acting up I started doing the usual recommended stretches, and that fixed the problem very quickly, without having to take any time off. With a little bit of luck, you'll be ok, but keep on top of the problem.