Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I have been wanting to add some distance to my running for awhile and seem to be struggling with that terribly bad. My IT Band has decided that it only likes me to run around 2-3 miles and then it starts hurting. I have to stop because of the pain it causes. It never hurts other than when I've run 2-3 miles so I really didn't feel like going to the doctor with it. I did reach out to Sparkies that might have had the same problem and got some great recommendations that I am trying to stick with. The foam roller seems to be helping the most. I'm hoping that it's just an imbalance in the muscles (so strong!!) and that with proper stretching and rolling it with the foam roller, I can figure it out and continue.
Another thing I figured out is that my IT Band doesn't like it when I slow my pace, which would normally be after 2-3 miles. So if I continue with a good pace, it doesn't hurt me. Problem is, I can't yet. I don't want to give up on running. It has been such a powerful part of my weight loss/get healthy regime. I love the way it makes me feel. Tonight was a good run and I was able to complete over 3 miles with little to no pain. Maybe I have figured it out after all. (not trying to sound over confident here!!!)
Run/walk on my spark friends!