Sorry for being slightly MIA this week. I’ve been dealing with the beginning of an injury and I’m kind of freaking out a little bit…
During my long run on Sunday, I started feeling some pain in my right hip around mile 7 or 8. Not joint pain, but more like muscle soreness. I didn’t think much of it because it was pretty minor, so I finished up my 11 miles and felt totally fine afterwards.
On Monday I did a slow 3 mile recovery run (should have just taken a rest day) and noticed the pain again, but this time it was shooting all the way down my leg and was really bad on the outside of my knee. I iced and stretched and thought it would be okay.
Tuesday morning I woke up to take Dixie for a run and got about 10 steps down the street before I had to stop completely. I didn’t even feel it when I was walking around that morning, but as soon as my feet started hitting the pavement I felt the pain on the outside of my knee again. Dixie was not happy with me, but I knew I couldn’t try to run.
I spent the whole day icing my leg at work and stretching it out whenever I could.
On Wednesday, I decided to try again. TERRIBLE idea. If there is one thing I’ve learned this week, it is to take a few days off as soon as you start to feel pain. Running through it is almost never the answer. I went slow and felt pretty good, so I did 5 miles on the treadmill. Well, I could barely step off the treadmill when I was done. That’s when I knew I had to just take a break before I made this way worse.
After doing a lot of research, I’m thinking this is most likely my IT band. It started at the top and now the pain is focused in the knee area.
I think I’ll be resting for a few days. I was really excited to take on the 30 miles I had planned for this week, but sometimes you just have to swallow your pride and do what is best for your body.
Anyone have experience with this injury? What kinds of stretches and strengthening exercises do you recommend?