Just a word of advice.... my "go-to" for all things running is my dad, who has been running for over 40 years... whenever I am contemplating taking a day off due to injury or illness, I always remember what he says.... "you have the rest of your life to run" - meaning... take a day or two now for years and years of healthy running in the future.
It's also interesting to note that he does not take his own advice and has been running 6 days a week, rain or shine, injury or illness, for most of those 40+ years and he can now barely walk and is in a lot of pain all the time.
So, it's GREAT advice to heed!
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts" - Winston Churchill
It sounds like you may be experiencing some IT band trouble. Rest will help for sure, but you should probably also do some stretching. If you are really ambitious foam rolling is really helpful, but it's very painful when done properly so be prepared. Here are a couple of pages you may find helpful.
The difference between a healthy runner and an injured runner is how they face an injury. If more people would be willing to back off when they get that first twinge, the less likely these injuries will turn into a chronic issue.
I just celebrated my 5th anniversary of running and one of the wisest mantras my former running coach asked me when I was experiencing my first injury, "Is your goal to be a life-long runner or a once-in-a-lifetime runner? If it is the latter, than keep on running, if it is the first option, a few days off will not undo your hard work."
Stretches may help us avoid injury, but once we experience an injury, you generally cannot stretch one away.
The best thing to do is to take a solid week off from running and see if that will be all it takes to resolve your issue. Also make sure you don't have too many miles on your shoes. I know when my knees or hips start to bother me, it usually is my shoes.
I have been running since July of last year. I started with the couch25K program. I have been running injury free up until two weeks ago. My left knee and somewhere around my hip has started hurting. I am one that loves to run but I don't over do it. I rest and usually only run 3 days a week. I run from 2 to 3 miles two days a week and around 4.5 one day. I have only been able to run 2 miles only two days the past two weeks because of the knee and hip. Any suggestions on what to do? Are there any particular stretches that I need to do? Thanks.
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