Monday, October 15, 2012
I tried to run a year ago but stopped when a long episode of ITB (Ilio Tibial Band) Syndrome made me decide to stop. I started c25k again in July but started to get the ITB again at week 5. I was enjoying the running but wondered if it just wasn't for me so I made an appointment with my doctor to ask her about my knee and whether I should stop running. She said absolutely not and referred me to a running coach. I have had 2 sessions in the last 3 weeks and can't believe the difference. I have neuropathy in my left leg from back problems and apparently have an odd gait that is pulling on my ITB. She has taught me to change my gait in several significant ways so that now it doesn't hurt to run and my ITB symptoms have gone. More importantly ...I love running. Even though I have to think about my gait, my stride, my posture, my abs, etc. I am enjoying the experience of running even more than I had before. I have switched to Jeff Galloway's walk/run method and think that walking and running rather than straight running is better for my 65 year old overweight and injured body. Matter of fact, my body loves it.
I just got back from walk/running for 2.77 miles and I feel exhilarated. I would love to run even further, but I am following my coach's slowly increasing training plan and loving every minute of it. For me, running helps my spirit even more than my body. I am glad I can run.