Just as I’d suspected, I’m suffering from iliotibial band friction syndrome.
I trained for my first race, a half marathon, entirely on a treadmill, since I trained during the winter months and I truly hate feeling cold. The first time I ran in years outdoors was during that half marathon, and while I wasn’t in pain during the race, I was in pain afterwards (knees, hips).
I continued running on the treadmill without feeling pain, and trained for another half marathon which would take place two months later.
That’s when I felt it.
The hills on that course were so steep that I walked most of the way after passing mile 10. My hips were in excruciating pain, and all I could do was cry and realize that finishing sub-2:30 was not going to happen.
Almost two weeks ago, and two weeks post killer-hills half marathon, I ran the Broad Street 10-miler. Mile 8 and I’m just pushing through the pain at this point.
I’ve been in constant pain since. A pain so sharp that I spent the last two weeks standing because sitting hurts, and of course, no running.
Today I went to a chiropractor who specializes in sports injuries who was kind enough to see me during his lunch hour. He said I had iliotibial band syndrome and helped me with stretches, aligned my hips and massaged the area with an über-painful machine, which left me literally screaming.
“I’m seeing stars, I’m seeing stars…”
I scheduled two deep tissue massages for next week and need to continue cryotherapy, gentle yoga and a break from running. I’m mad that when I went to get fitted for running shoes, right around the time when the IT Band issues started, the guy said it didn’t appear to be ITB issues. $150 in running shoes later, which I couldn’t return and absolutely no relief.
Lesson: Never buy running shoes you can’t return after trying them out first. A good running store will allow you to return your shoes until you find the perfect fit. Running shoes are NOT cheap!!!
I’ll be updating on my progress (hopefully I’ll make some) as I go along.
Have a great weekend, friends!! I’ll be in the NICU all weekend with my babies.