Struggling to run

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I have been wanting to add some distance to my running for awhile and seem to be struggling with that terribly bad. My IT Band has decided that it only likes me to run around 2-3 miles and then it starts hurting. I have to stop because of the pain it causes. It never hurts other than when I've run 2-3 miles so I really didn't feel like going to the doctor with it. I did reach out to Sparkies that might have had the same problem and got some great recommendations that I am trying to stick with. The foam roller seems to be helping the most. I'm hoping that it's just an imbalance in the muscles (so strong!!) and that with proper stretching and rolling it with the foam roller, I can figure it out and continue.

Another thing I figured out is that my IT Band doesn't like it when I slow my pace, which would normally be after 2-3 miles. So if I continue with a good pace, it doesn't hurt me. Problem is, I can't yet. I don't want to give up on running. It has been such a powerful part of my weight loss/get healthy regime. I love the way it makes me feel. Tonight was a good run and I was able to complete over 3 miles with little to no pain. Maybe I have figured it out after all. (not trying to sound over confident here!!!)

Run/walk on my spark friends!
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    2648 days ago
    Hang in there Elaine!! I promise it will get easier!!!!!!xoxo emoticon
    2649 days ago
    Interesting. I just starting getting IT band twinges this summer. They are minor enough that rolling, icing and stretching ease the discomfort. But the only thing that I can connect the start-up to is slowing my pace. I ran for a week in June with a friend who was here working. (Male, 10 years my junior, state police trooper...in other words should have been in much better running condition that me.) Well, I was blowing him away. He was really self-conscious about it and I felt bad, so I altered my pace to the point where it was unnatural and a little uncomfortable. And that's when it started. I hope if you keep up with your care routine, it will let you keep running. It is now my passion and I don't know how I'd handle not being able to. I was never a runner until less than two years ago. My mantra was "Sue does NOT run, Sue walks!" Just another reminder to never say never.
    2657 days ago
    Awesome run!! I admire someone who can run like that!
    2658 days ago
    You inspire me and give me hope. I am not sure how long it took you to get to 2 - 3 miles, but I am still working on trying to run a full 5k (3.1). I have my third 5k this weekend and I am just going to try my best. I had a bad run the other day (my lungs were killing me right from the get-go and I still feel that there is something not right with my respiratory system). I am not sure what is going to get me over some of the hurdles that I am facing, but I am going to try to be patient. I think that maybe I started too quickly. When I read about other Sparkers and there exercise routines, I figured I could do the same. Maybe my body just needs a bit more time to adjust. Who knows. I am glad to hear that you are doing IT band exercises. I think that will really help. I am also glad to hear that running does so much for you. That is so encouraging. At times I think that I need to give up the running (before I am really doing it regularly) because I think that it just isn't going to be my thing. But I don't want to give up. I just want to get healthy. And then I want running to be part of my regular exercise routine.
    Thanks for sharing your encouraging stuff!!!!
    2659 days ago
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