SEVEN days. Seven full days of no running. Might as well call it 8, because last night’s run doesn’t really count as a run. It has sucked, I’m not going to lie. Not only because I miss it and because I hate all other forms of cardio, but because I’m freaking out thinking about how I’m going to start losing my endurance that I’ve worked so hard for if this injury keeps me sidelined any longer.
If you missed my last few posts, I’ve been dealing with an IT band issue on the outside of my right knee. At first I wouldn’t notice it until a mile or two into a run, but now I can barely go 100 yards. It doesn’t bother me very much when I’m just walking or sitting for 8 hours at work, so I’ve been hopeful that it’s getting better.
I have done a little bit of the elliptical and the stationary bike, but I’ve been focusing more on strengthening and stretching my hips (the other end of the IT band) to speed recovery. If only I had been doing these exercises all along, I probably wouldn’t even be dealing with this injury. My advice: DO YOUR CLAMSHELLS.
I go on these little test runs every day with hope that I’ll be pain free, but I haven’t made it more than 100 yards or so without the same pain stopping me in my tracks. I’m ashamed to say that I usually run through injuries, but this is a “must walk or crawl immediately” type of pain. After my test runs I hobble back home and get upset and stressed about how I’m going to set myself back if I rest any longer.
On Thursday my test run felt better, so I went to the gym to try out the treadmill because it was too hot to run outside. Less than a half mile in I had to jump off. I finished up with 30 minutes on the elliptical and some strength training with a pouty face.
Dixie is not happy either. She is trying her best to help with recovery by snuggling and licking my knee.
She will lay up against me while I do my leg lifts and then paw my leg as it comes down and she will lay her head on it. She doesn’t understand why I would want to do any sort of activity that doesn’t involve her…
I told you how I obsessively research injuries and I think at this point I’ve officially read every article there is on ITBS and how to treat it. I’ve been to two local running stores searching out anything that I think will help and I’ve bugged everyone I know who has experienced this injury (thanks Susie <3). I’ve gotten new shoes and an IT band compression thingy, but the only thing I really need is patience.
Since I’m about at my limit of IT band knowledge, I’ve switched to a new obsession: researching how long I can go without running until I start to lose my fitness and endurance. I know riding the bike and doing other forms of cardio will help, but it’s still not the same as running. I’m grateful that I’m not completely sidelined and can still do some exercises without pain, but I’m getting worried. Most of what I’ve read says you won’t notice too much of a loss if you take 7-10 days off, but that it’s a very quick decline after more than 10 days. This is different for every runner and is based on how long you’ve been running and a million other factors, but it makes sense. So, I guess I have two more days until I go completely insane.
I know most runners experience injuries at some point during their years of training, so give it to me straight and be honest…
What was your most significant running injury? Did you feel like you lost your endurance? How long did it take you to feel like you were back in pre-injury shape?