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4/11/11 4:44 P

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Welcome!! So glad you decided to join us!!



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4/3/11 10:15 P

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The Iliotibial band - IT Band - is a long group of fibers that run from your hip down to around your knee. The most common injuries among runners, new and experienced alike, are due to IT Band Syndrome. Here's something to help you understand what this is about:
www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/itband.v2
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Flexibility is also very important. Your hip flexors will tighten up over distance and you need to try to remain as loose as possible for good forward motion. Learn how to stretch all your important lower body/leg muscles to stay injury free. Remember, too, that it's usually weakness in the opposite muscle from the one that hurts that you need to attend to.

Hope this helps,

Alysia :)

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4/3/11 7:56 P

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Thanks ladies!

Alysia, I have done the walking marathon once before (same event, last year), and did the half the year before that. The problem of course, is that here in central Wisconsin I get very little exercise in during the winter months. So it's like starting over come March each year... I will check in to the IT band exercise you recommended. Not sure what that is, but obviously my knees would benefit from any strengthening I can do... Thanks for the suggestion!

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4/2/11 11:57 P

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Hi, Annie:

I take it you have done distance events before? Who cares if it takes half a day to finish a marathon, that you finish is all that matters.

Make sure to add in strength training to strengthen your IT band and the muscles around your knees.

Welcome to our team!
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4/2/11 10:59 P

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Welcome! Good luck with your training, I'm also training for a marathon in June and you're right those long distances take forever. I was out for 5 hours on my long run last weekend but it will all be worth it come June. Keep up the good work!

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4/2/11 3:41 P

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Welcome!

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4/2/11 2:02 P

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Wow! I feel like I've found my Spark People home! :) I'm not technically a "runner" yet - but I am training for a full walking marathon in June.

Walking significant distances takes FOREVER, though, so I'd like to eventually get back to more jogging than walking. However, my weight makes that problematic, so I'll be taking it very slow. In fact, I'll probably wait until I get another 20 lbs or so off before I even attempt much in the way of jogging. My 47yo knees have let me know they don't appreciate jogging much right now.

Thanks to all of you for sharing your stories and offering the encouragement you do by simply putting yourself out there as "SFRs!" :D

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