Dealing with ITBS
Friday, January 18, 2008
I completed my 1st half marathon on August 10th, 2007. The day had such significance as my mother died on the same date but 5 yrs earlier. I started training for the half marathon in April '07. I finally worked up the determination to follow through on some promises made to my parents. I told my mom I would run a marathon one day and she reminded me of that promise every couple yrs. Well she's not here physically to remind me,but I feel her spirit with me and pushing me to complete my goal. Despite the knee pain I battled throughout the summer I finished my first 1/2 marathon in 2 hrs 3 minutes. I guess that's not bad for someone who was overweight and out of shape 10 months earlier. After the run I had extremely bad pain in my left knee and it took 6 months before it was diagnosed as ITBS. I have had the run around with the doctors and surgeons. I've had 2 MRI's and I was told if I quit running for 2 mths it would go away. Well it DIDN'T! I saw my progress slipping away until I redefined my definition of progress. Now I have a kick ass physical therapist that came to our clinic with a lot of experience and she knows exactly how to deal with this problem. I really like her attitude and I'm on the road to kicking this thing!