Monday, November 8, 2010

My legs probably don't like me very much right now

My legs were a little angry with me this morning when I rolled out of bed.

OK. Not both legs. Mainly my left one. It was kind of screaming at me when I took a step. The three flights of stairs I have to take to get to my office? Ouch. I'm not exactly sure what it is. It's on the outer side of my leg from mid-thigh to just above my knee. After doing some scientific Google research, I think it might be in the area of the IT band. But I could be wrong. I wasn't sure if I was going to do my run tonight. Since the thought of running kind of made me cringe. But the pain went away after lunch. I'm not sure if it's because I took some ibuprofen and used some BioFreeze or what. But by the time I left the office at 5 p.m., the stairs didn't hurt anymore.

Anyone have any advice on how to deal with an IT band issue?

So after a quick stop at the library, I headed over to the YMCA. I wasn't planning on anything long. Maybe just an easy 3 miles. But once I started running, it felt good. So I finished up with 4.3 miles - just like my training plan called for. So far tonight it's not hurting, but I think just to be safe, I might pull out the not-so-friendly foam roller and torture myself. And of course totally enjoy that rest day that I get tomorrow.

Oh and I almost forgot. As a result of tonight's run I hit a milestone. I finally broke 500 miles for the year. Officially I'm at 503.1 miles. Yeah, it's a little late. But it's a milestone I've never hit while running. So I'm a happy Badgergirl.

7 comments:

Deloris said...

Congratulations on hitting the 500 mile mark for the year! Good luck with the rest of your half marathon training. :)

teacherwoman said...

I know that since I have started going to BODYPUMP class weekly, it has really helped strengthen my quads, hams, and glutes, which affect the ITBand. But, that's just my opinion. Do you do any lower body strengthening?

Marlene said...

I hope the foam roller helps!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

oh boy the ITB is not fun... best things I found were daily light stretching, some foam rolling and yes doing some squats, lunges to help provide more strength the all the hip muscles

definitely try to warm up the muscle a little before running with dynamic stretching too

J said...

Congrats on hitting 500 miles! That is awesome! I am very friendly with the foam roller and even though i have been doing it pretty much everyday for a month now, it still is painful! Hopefully the rolling will help - I bet it is IT band stuff, sometimes it just gets stiff.

blackcatkitchen said...

Congrats!! That's so awesome! I think I need a foam roller something fierce. My calves hurt SO bad today!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

Congrats on 500 miles! I just started using the foam roller this week because of pain in my knees that are being blamed on my ITB. The foam roller IS painful!