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The High and The Mighty

Thursday, June 10, 2010

I am in Des Moines, Iowa right now (Wednesday, June 9th). Almost a week ago I started writing a blog about a run in the Rocky Mountains on Kenosha pass. I found it difficult to capture the essence of the experience of running at an elevation of 11,500 feet. I didn’t want to sound like a braggart or a fool. I only wanted to share my unique running experience.

This week I have been running in the lush green countryside of Iowa on the Saylorville-Des Moines River Trail. The trail is paved and immaculately maintained. On my first run in Iowa I tooled along having a lot of fun. My Garmin showed I ran 5k in 26:32 at a pace 8:30 min/mile. I did 10k in 53:32 at about the same 8:30 min/mile pace.

As I ran along this great Iowa trail, I thought about my high-altitude run on Kenosha pass. As I ran through a tunnel of green leafy Iowa trees, my run on Kenosha pass took on a remote and surreal quality. I started thinking some of my fellow Spark runners might not easily relate to running at extreme altitude. Now that I am in Iowa for a week, I am having trouble relating to my own high altitude running experience. For better or worse here is my story of my run on Kenosha Pass.

The High and the Mighty

I once gave blood in college many moons ago. After taking a couple of gallons of my blood, the nurse told me to avoid alcohol and strenuous exercise. What did I do? I hit the bar and drained two beers down my gullet. I then went on a long run as fast as I could go.

I was pretty toasted after only two beers. I got really light-headed during the run. I just wanted to see what would happen if I ignored the nurse's stern warning. I had fun. I don't recommend such foolishness. Heck, I was 20 years-old, 10 feet tall and bullet proof!

Unfortunately, I still act the same way.

On Thursday June 3rd, I went for a run. Not any old run. I went on a really hard run. If you follow my blogs, you know I was struck down with a blown left IT band some weeks ago. I was not a happy camper. I tried to rehabilitate my IT band with physical therapy and a hiatus from running. I was trying to be good. I can be good for only so long!

I have been wanting to test myself. I promised myself when the snow was gone from the Colorado high country, I would run the Colorado trail from the top of Kenosha pass. Here are the details of my run:

Date: Thursday, June 3rd 2010, 5:00pm
Distance: 10K (6.22 miles)
Starting Elevation: 10,049 feet (That is pretty high!)
Maximum Elevation: 11,583 feet (That is even higher!)
Maximum Grade: 40% (That is really steep!)
Surface: Rocky with fallen trees. (That maybe a bit dangerous!)

I knew this would be a hard run. I knew this run was the worst thing I could do to my IT band. I did not care one wit! I had been itching to run the Colorado Trail for months.

As previously noted, this trail is high and steep. At high-altitude the air pressure is much lower. Less oxygen is absorbed by lungs. Blood oxygen saturation drops. Another phenomenon is that arterial pressure is reduced, which means less oxygen is exchanged between the blood and the cells. At 11,000 feet these effects are severe. A runner at 11,000 feet is getting 40% to 50% less oxygen than at sea level.

I am pretty well acclimated to high altitude. Part of this acclimation is a reduced heart rate. My heart rate during my high-altitude runs is about 102 beats per minute. The slow heart rate is a response to less plasma in the blood.

I started up the steep trail, or rather, I collided with the trail. The trail climbed at a 30% to 40% grade. I pushed up the trail and I ran as hard as I could. I struggled for every breath. Each step was a victory. Nothing mattered except one more step! I didn’t even notice any pain in my left IT band. My legs and lungs hurt so bad that any pain in my hip did not register. As I neared 11,000 feet the trail flattened. I was 2 miles into the run. All of a sudden my lungs and throat caught fire. I started hacking up white frothy stuff. My old friend, High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE), had decided to visit me.

I got this definition from a medical website:

HAPE Definition : “Acronym for High Altitude pulmonary edema, the accumulation in the lungs of extravascular fluid (fluid outside of blood vessels) at high altitude, a consequence of rapid altitude ascent, especially when that ascent is accompanied by significant exercise.”

An accent from 10,000 feet to 11,500 feet in 24 minutes probably qualifies as “rapid”. I wimped-out and decided to turn around and head for lower altitude. I fell going downhill only once, which is a miracle.

My time for my high altitude 10K was:
1 Hour;
12 minutes; and
58 seconds.

(That is another way to say “SLOW”!)

Average Pace: 11:44 min/mile
Fastest Pace: 6:12 min/mile (downhill)

When I got finished with my run, I felt physically terrible but mentally elated. Runners understand these feelings. How do you know your limits unless you try to push past them? For every runner, anywhere, each step is a victory!


At 11,500 feet there are not many trees. Trees struggle to survive at extreme altitude. The trees that are up there are scrubby and stunted. The massive green deciduous trees of Iowa just amaze me!

There it is! This is the trail sign. If you want a bit of a challenge, I can give you directions.

I think they don't want bikes to damage the fragile ecosystem at extreme altitudes. The forest service is not too concerned about one winded runner will do much damage!

This is the start of the trail and about the only part that is flat. I feel this is a bait-and-switch tactic.

At least the area is scenic. Harsh perhaps, but pretty.

Here is the last evidence of civilization on the whole trail. Kind of a pretty little bridge.

My pretty new shoes are a mess now. I read in Runner's World magazine that a runner has to generate 10 to 20 percent more energy when going up an incline. Is that all? Seems like it takes more.

I fell. I tripped over a big rock on the way down. I am much better now.


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LKEITHO 6/11/2010 10:33PM

    Wow! What a workout! I had a friend who died of HAPE while climbing K2. As fate would have it, she had been named after another peak in the region, Nanda Devi. Definitely not a problem to be taken lightly. I'm glad you got down OK. Be good to yourself!

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GAZELK 6/10/2010 10:11PM

    Great story. After losing weight, I enjoying running up hills, but nothing like your experience.

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ROOT4HOME 6/10/2010 9:16PM

    Wow!! You really like to push the limits!! But as a runner myself, I get it! WTG!!

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NWFL59 6/10/2010 12:37PM

    Gee with that blog title I expected to read about Lancaster and WWII British airfields and the stress of command and the flack etc. I still obvious remember watching the old B&W movie by that title.

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NWFL59 6/10/2010 12:26PM

    Glad you're enjoying your runs in Iowa. Interesting reading about your high altitude run, glad you didn't do yourself some serious damage. Hope your IT band is healed or at least continuing to improve.

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ELYMWX 6/10/2010 12:02PM

    I'm glad you survived to tell the tale!

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DAWNDMOORE40 6/10/2010 9:29AM

    Wow you are an inspiration to us all! Keep up the good work and happy running! emoticon emoticon

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AQUAPOWERS 6/10/2010 9:24AM

    Speedydog, you are a rebel. I just finished reading my first running book. I think you broke all the rules I just read about. emoticon I'm happy you survived to run another day!

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Too Far - Too Fast - Too Soon

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

I took my running clothes and shoes to work yesterday. Near my office is an open-space area that contains many miles of nicely maintained trails. Except for one big hill, the area is relatively flat. The elevation is a piddling 5,700 feet. I work in Boulder, Colorado. Boulder takes running seriously and maintains a vast network of trails.

I have been working hard to rehab my left IT band and felt I could do a gentle run. I wanted to run a two or three easy miles, I thought I would run a bit then walk a bit. Given that the trail was smooth, I felt the conditions were ideal.

I started running and felt pretty good. I then saw an narrow unmarked trail that looked inviting. This narrow trail that was not maintained. I turned down the narrow trail.

Big mistake!

I got lost! To make a long story short. I ran 6 miles before I found my way back to the office. This is not what I wanted to do! I also ran too fast and completed the 6 miles in 57 minutes. Not blazing fast, but faster than I should go.

Tonight I will ride my bike. I think my own personal Boulder-Boulder set my IT band rehab efforts back a couple of weeks. But it was fun!


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STEPHANON 6/8/2010 2:30PM

    That is just the type of thing that would happen to me - mostly because I have the world's worst sense of direction. I get the feeling you aren't really too sorry for the "accidental" 6 mile run, so glad you had fun. Hope you don't suffer any ill effects with the IT band!

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LKEITHO 6/2/2010 11:00PM

    It sounds like a nice run, but I hope the IT band doesn't act up too much from it!

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CRZYRUNRGRL 6/2/2010 10:10AM

    Well that doesn't sound too bad, it actually sounds like fun! I wish we had trails around where I live!

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ANNASBF 6/2/2010 9:33AM

    Admit it, you enjoyed your adventure and the "oops" nature of it! The "I didn't mean to do it"...snicker snicker... makes is all the more wickedly nifty. However, I am glad you got a little taste of running again without injury so you don't feel as deprived and now you need to grab that fancy schmancy bike and make like the wicked witch of the west! I'm a little bit curious how you can't run but biking doesn't give you trouble. Interesting. Have fun. I liked the part where you want to keep up with your wife on the bike trail. She must be a great Colorado outdoor gal! Good luck to your son in college... Toga Toga Toga....


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NWFL59 6/2/2010 9:08AM

    Congratulations on getting better but a slap against the back of the head for over-doing! You could have really injured yourself and set you progress back to day one! After telling us about your marvelous new bike and how you planned ot use it, maybe you ought to take it to work instead of your running gear and get your need for speed fix using it! Enough of that, so glad to read you're doing and feeling better and I do hope your IT gets restored quickly.

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ELYMWX 6/2/2010 9:08AM

    Beware of unmarked trails! Where I am most of the trails are big loops, and even if you take a side path you end up back where you started...

I'm learning what you mean about it being fun (I get told to be careful all the time) so I won't give you a lot of grief, and all I'll say is I hope you heal soon, and enjoy your bike!


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My New Bike

Monday, May 31, 2010

I have had to cut way back on my running. My IT band is still in the process of healing.

Here is the rub - the weather here is magnificent. The trees have leaves. The sun is warm and inviting. Birds are singing. Wild flowers are blooming. Springtime in the Rockies is finally here. I want to run and run and run. I can't. I can jog a bit. I am good for a mile of two but that is it.

I may not be able to run but I can ride a bike, I have a pretty good mountain bike - a 21-speed Giant Boulder SE.

The bike has an aluminum alloy frame; aluminum hubs and rims, alloy direct-pull cantilever rim brakes, and 100mm travel adjustable front forks. The Boulder SE is a hardtail, which is perfect for the condition we have around here. For $410 the Boulder SE is a lot of bike for the money.

However, my son out grew his Specialized Hardrock. He is starting college is the fall and needs a bike for tooling around campus. Sayonara Boulder SE!

I needed a replacement for the Boulder SE. Maybe it was frustration over not being able to run hard. I like speed and there is a mountain bike that has speed. The name of the bike is even cool. I bought a Specialized Stumpjumper Comp.

This bike is light. The Stumpjumper has 27 speeds and top of the line components. This bike is fast and needs disk brakes to stop. The coolest feature is lock-out forks that makes the forks rigid so the bike doesn't bounce when you stand-up and really crank. List price is $1,950 and you have to purchase the pedals separately. I got the bike for $1,650.

I now enjoy going for a fast ride and coming home to do my physical therapy. Biking allows me to stay in some semblance of shape. I can also run a bit. I have to run slowly. In the meantime, I can get a speed rush on my new bike. The best part of biking is that my wife will ride with me. She won't run with me. She sees biking as a family togetherness thing.

She has a Specialized Myka HT Expert. Her bike cost $1,000 so she didn't mind my extravagant purchase. The geometry of a women's bike is different than a men's bike. My wife was happy when she got her Myka. She had been riding a men's bike. My daughter has a Giant Boulder SE that she likes.

My wife is planning a 44 mile bike ride over Guanella Pass. I really needed a fast bike to keep up. Guanella Pass climbs to 11,700 feet and is very scenic.

That little white line in the photo is Guanella Pass.

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GAZELK 6/8/2010 11:08PM

    I'm having foot problems and only run once a week, so I am now enjoying bicycling for my exercise. I love your Stumpjumper. I have a Surly Long Haul Trucker touring bicycle right now, but I'd like to get a mountain bike for some different kind of fun.

I hope you have fun with your new wheels.

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DAVEW175 6/1/2010 10:09PM

    Have fun on your bike!

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    I am so glad to hear that you have come up with a way to stay active even though you cannot do the thing that you love the most which is running. You may even learn to love biking. Who knows, it sure is better than not being able to do anything at all. Enjoy the new bike and your new way of exercising and being with your wife. I am glad for all the new things that are coming your way and you will love it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are a winner and nothing can ever stop you from attaining what you have set your heart and mind to do.

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SNERK14 6/1/2010 10:03AM

  Biking is great for you! Runners who cross train with other sports actually improve their running. I am trying to fit some biking/swimming into my schedule. Who knows- you might actually end up improving your running time with all your biking. Good luck and have fun!

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NWFL59 6/1/2010 9:26AM

    Your alternative to running sounds like a lot of fun and give you time to heal properly while still getting a good energy burn. Y'all have lots of fun this summer!

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LKEITHO 5/31/2010 10:42PM

    Sounds like a great bike! And getting to do some trips with your wife will be great, I'm sure. I often wish my wife was able to do some of my events with me. Enjoy it!

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IRONGRANNIE 5/31/2010 10:32PM

    Oh we do enjoy a bit of "bike porn". I am soo envious! I only have an old, heavy bike handed down from SIL! I hardly ever ride it but I used to ride a lot.

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_HOLLY 5/31/2010 8:40PM

    Nice bikes! My husband hates running with me but will bike whenever I want, too. We have been biking a lot more this summer. :)

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CRZYRUNRGRL 5/31/2010 8:31PM

    Awesome bikes! I want a new bike too.
I have been dealing with ITB issues too so I feel your pain, do you have a foam roller to help work it out? That and the stick have been helping a lot.
Enjoy the bike!

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ELYMWX 5/31/2010 8:26PM

    Sounds like a great time to be had by all! Glad to hear you've found a solution to not being able to run (much) while your IT band heals. Enjoy the sound of the wind (and branches) whipping by your ears!

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Just Do IT

Sunday, May 23, 2010

I have been bad.

On May 10th, during a 4 mile training run my left iliotibial band (IT band) decided it had had enough abuse and rebelled. My darn IT band exploded in pain. I was running really well when my IT band gave up the ghost.

I spent the next 11 days working on rehab. I rested. I stretched. I did strengthen exercises with a therapy band. I had 3 more weeks of this really boring routine to go. To quote Popeye the cartoon sailor, "That's all I can stands, cuz I can't stands n'more"

Rather than blame myself for my misery, I decided to blame my shoes! I thought I must need a stability shoe. I grabbed my running stuff and my old shoes. I made a sojourn to one of the best running shoe stores in the world called the Boulder Running Company.

I walked into the store carrying my old Nike Pegasus shoes and was helped by a humorless young man. He knew his stuff so I tolerated his dead-pan attitude. I told him about my IT band problems. I changed into my running shorts and my old shoes. I jumped on one of the treadmills for a video analysis of my gait.

By the way, I HATE running on a treadmill! I have heard people say they have run 4 miles on a treadmill. Although a treadmill is a good way to get some exercise, you don't go anywhere. When I run 4 miles I end up 4 miles from where I started. If I am on a treadmill I stay in one place! But I digress, which is nothing new.

So I am running on the treadmill and the video camera is going. He keeps increasing the speed. He asks, "Is that too fast?" I say, "No, my exploded IT band likes going 30 miles an hour!" He responds, "That is not 30 miles an hour and there is no such thing as an exploded IT band!" Eventually he stops treadmill. While we were watching the video he gave me the bad news. He tells me my ankles are in perfect alignment with centerline of my shoes. He says, "You are in the right shoe." I joked, “I would rather blame the shoes for my problem." He says, "Have you increased your mileage lately." I respond, "Yeah, I have", He asks "Have you been stretching and doing your PT exercises?" I go, "Heck no, those are boring," He puffs up and says, "You have to take personal responsibility to prevent injuries." I am too nice a guy. I say, “Thank you for your words of wisdom. Can we try a stability shoe now?” He says, “Ok, you are the boss.”

He pulls out a Nike stability shoe. I put the shoe and I immediately know the shoe ain’t right. I jumped on the treadmill. After three strides the humorless clerk stopped the machine. He says, “That shoe is not going to work.” I agree, “Oh brother those shoes hurt like heck!” He shows me the video. My ankles are rolling outward something fierce.
Sometimes I wonder if a runner buys the wrong type of brand XYZ shoes and after a few painful miles declares XYZ shoes to be a horrible brand. My wife looks at my pile of Nike shoes and blasts, “How can you wear those awful Nike shoes! They suck!”

I still needed new shoes. My old shoes were pretty much annihilated. He tells me he has no Nike Pegasus in stock. I have my older Nike Pegasus +25s and my newer Pegasus +26s with me. He asks what size I wear. I wear a 13 XD. I tell him the +25 shoes feel great but the +26 shoes do not feel as good. He looks at the +26s and tells me the shoes are XE’s. The shoes are the wrong size! Bingo! It could be the shoes.

He asks me what I want to spend on shoes. The Pegasus cost $85. I tell him I will spend whatever it takes to get a good shoe. He brings out a pair of Nike Zoom Vomero +5s. The shoes jump on my feet. He tells me to go outside and run on the shoes. I take the shoes for a spin. They feel great and are very cushy ride. The shoes are also extremely light! $142 dollars later I have new shoes. All that jazzy hi-tech wiz-bang feather-light stylish swooshiness costs a lot of money.

I was down in Denver. The temperature was an unbelievable 90 degrees F. After 9 months of running in freezing temperatures I wanted to run in hot weather. I don’t care if the IT band hurts. I am going running. I am an addict! To make a long story short, I ran for 40 minutes and enjoyed every step.

I am back!

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ROOT4HOME 5/23/2010 4:41PM

    Congrat's on your new Nike Zoom Vomero's!! I have always been a Nike wearer, with a pair of Vomero's (Pegasus was my 1st ever running shoe) myself but had to switch to Asics b/c I was over pronating at my left ankle. I still love the shoes, so comfy, but they're my walk around shoes now! emoticon

But I gotta tell you your blog was too funny...those exchanges between you and the young deadpan clerk were too funny!! emoticon

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NWFL59 5/23/2010 4:29PM

    Congratulations on finding and getting a new pair of running shoes and going for a pleasureable run afterwards to break you and them in. Hope your IT doesn't give you anymore problems and that you stick with the boring PT and other preventative measures. Glad you like it hot as it is 96 here in my part of FL today and I'm staying indoors!

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ELYMWX 5/23/2010 2:52PM

    Glad to hear you're back running! Now watch yourself huh? Or at least (try to) be more careful?

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LKEITHO 5/23/2010 1:39PM

    Congratulations on being back to running! Unfortunately, the right shoe can sometimes be pretty pricey. And the other thing that gets to me is that every time I find a shoe that works for me, they 'upgrade' it or change it in some way so that it no longer works. I've taken to buying 2 or 3 pairs at a time when I find something I really like.

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STEPHANON 5/23/2010 1:38PM

    Woo hoo for new shoes! Glad you found a great pair.

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GSCOTTC 5/23/2010 1:27PM

    Knock on wood I have never had problems with my IT band. Watch this I am going to have problems now that I am back in marathon training.

I cannot help myself with people that have no sense of HA HA! The more deadpan they are the more outrages my comments are! My wife usually just walks away in embarrassment. Life is too short not to laugh.

Glad you had a good run IT band and all.


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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 5/23/2010 12:57PM

    Have you tried using a foam roller on your IT band? It can work wonders on breaking up the muscle adhesions that lead to a lot of the pain. Of course, you still need to discover the root cause and correct that. Perhaps you'll get lucky and fix it with the new shoes. With women, the first suspect is weak (or imbalanced) hip muscles. Muscle tightness or lack of flexibility in the gluts or quadriceps can also be a source.

So can leg length discrepancies. The latter was my problem. My right leg is slightly shorter than my left and I had mild IT band issues only on my right side after runs over 15 miles. When I corrected this with a 1/8 inch flat insole in my right shoe, all my IT band issues disappeared.

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HARRINGTON5 5/23/2010 12:49PM

    WooHoo! Congratulations, you do know how to get the job done. I am glad you found a remedy. It is really wonderful when you can enjoy the run. I love stories with a good ending. If clothes make the man, it certainly seems like the right shoes make the runner.

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IT Band Rehab - One More Time

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Almost every runner I know has nagging recurring injuries. Some have trouble with feet. My daughter battles plantar fasciitis. Knees give a lot of runners problems. My wife has knees that tend to pop and swell. A guy at my work is a triathlete. He has weak ankles and is often limping after an event.

My injury of choice is iliotibial band syndrome, also called IT band friction syndrome. The IT band is a strong thick fibrous tissue that runs on the outside of the leg from the hip to the knee. The IT band stabilizes the knee and the quadriceps. The IT band is attached to a muscle above the hip called the Tensor fasciae latae muscle, or TFL for short.

The TFL muscle and the IT band are vital when lifting the foot and driving it forward, aka running. The TFL and IT band stabilizes the leg so other more powerful muscles can drive the runner forward.

A tight IT band causes excessive friction over the hip bursa. The bursa becomes inflamed. The TFL can strain and tear. Then it is sayonara to your knees, hips, gluteal muscles and hamstrings. What does this feel like? It feels like a red hot spike has been driven into your hip and your knee has been hit with a hammer. The area between your pelvis and hip is on fire. An article I read said, "Pain can literally bring a runner to his/her knees". I think that is an understatement!

I really have no one to blame but myself. The pain is always on my left side. I had a flare-up last summer and went into intense physical therapy. Once I was able to run again, which took 6 weeks; the therapists gave me a set of stretches and strengthening exercises to prevent a future injury. I did those exercises for a while, but they were really boring so I stopped. Bad idea!

So what have I been doing to recover? Nothing! I am resting to give the inflammation time to subside. Tomorrow I start a regime of stretching and therapy band exercises. I can do some cardio on my elliptical trainer, but not too much. I can't run.

This really sucks!


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SSMITH456 2/18/2011 2:46PM

  It may be late, but I went through the same thing training for a Marathon last year. Just a few thoughts, things I did, and things I have found.
Best thing to do is stretches. Keep doing them. Also make friends with a Foam roller. It helped me. I also started to se a chiro that was certified in ART. That helped. I discovered that my hips were out of alignment making one leg a little shorter (thank you bad posture sitting behind my computer). I got some realignments done through my chiro and worked on my posture. Also check out this link
there are a lot of good tips.

This year I will be doing my first full marathon

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DAVEW175 5/17/2010 1:13PM

    Sorry to hear about your IT band problems. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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RAINTHIEF 5/17/2010 1:41AM

    Aw, that stinks! Rest, stretch it out a bit, and focus on arm and core exercises to give your legs a rest. Feel better soon!

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STEPHANON 5/16/2010 4:31PM

    oh, how awful. i hope you recover quickly and are able to run again soon. sounds like a painful lesson learned.

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NWFL59 5/16/2010 10:03AM

    Congratulations on already know the proper steps you need to take to restore yourself back to running condition. Godspeed in yourself directed therapy and let hope this time you'll stick to the preventative stretches/exercises you learned previously.

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LKEITHO 5/16/2010 8:48AM

    Hope you are back in top form soon! And you're right, sometimes we don't take proper care of ourselves for all the wrong reasons. Hope getting back onto your stretching program helps keep you out of trouble down the road!

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RUNNINGPFUHL 5/16/2010 8:36AM

    I am so sorry. "no running" does indeed suck!

SPEEDY recovery to you my friend! Healing Vibes comin' your way!

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PRINCESSNURSE 5/16/2010 7:34AM

    The hardest thing I had to do during my hallf marathon traing was REST when my IT band flared up....keep doing the exercises and rest. Even though it totally stinks while you are doing it, it is worth it!

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MOMJMGR 5/16/2010 7:16AM

    I feel your pain, literally! I have IT band problems too and it is always on my left side as well. I think it is because of the running outdoors towards traffic that the road is slightly slanted so with all of the running with my foot slightly turning outward it really does its toll on my left side. I ran 10 miles yesterday and was feeling good, no pain, till the 5 mile mark then I could feel it tightening up in my left hip and glute muscle. By the time I got home and had stopped running my left outside of my knee is HURTING!! I have to ice and stretch it after almost every run but usually by the next day it is better. I hope you heel soon and get back on the road. I have been using the IT band stretches off of runners world site to know what to do and I hope to get a Foam roller in a couple of weeks.

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IRONGRANNIE 5/16/2010 2:54AM

    That is awful! I hope you will soon be up and running and doing those exercises, boring or not!

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ELYMWX 5/16/2010 1:55AM

    Yeah, that really sucks! All I can say is I wish you a SPEEDY recovery.

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