I haven't seen any medical folks about my piriformis or IT pain, but the two gym trainers I've talked to, and even a pilates video, suggested using the foam roller. I have to agree, it's a pain in the butt (pun intended) when you first start using it, but my god it does help a lot.
I don't know anything about pool running, but thought I'd chime in on the roller thing. Am very curious about pool running though. Seems like you could get a pretty good workout from it. Having started on treadmill and moved to road running, I'd have to echo Coach Nancy, but I'm still on 5k's so can't really speak to training for longer races.
Good luck though!!
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While pool running will help you sustain your cardio-respiratory system, experts are on the fence as to whether or not one will benefit a runner outside of injury rehab and recovery, because as the principle of specificity states, in order to run outdoors, one must run outdoors (as least a few times). But that does not mean you should not do so. Because it is hard to know how far you are running in the pool, I don't know if I would necessarily replace my long run with pool running.
If you are having ITBS, maybe talking with a sports medicine doc would help.
I have never done the pool running thing, but that sounds like an awesome workout. I am also training for a half marathon and had some IT band issues and went to a physical therapist and one thing that worked and still works well is that I invested in one of the foam rollers and especially after a run, I lay on the side where I have the issue and roll out the soreness--it definitely can be a bit painful at first, but I've found that when I do this after my runs, it has helped tremendously! Good luck on your 1/2 marathon training!
I am training for a half marathon and I am struggling w a bit of a soreness "former injury" in my hip area (yes, the wonderful IT band). I was supposed to do 9miles this past Sunday and knew I was too sore to do it. I decided to do 90 minutes of pool running. I put on the belt and got in the pool and ran aggressively (arms and legs) for 90minutes. I was tired when I finished, so I feel as though I got a good work out in.
Does anyone know anything about pool running and how it pairs up to actual running? I am planning to try to do the 10miles this weekend on the road.
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