Yep, you read that right. For an entire week I did not run. And guess what? My IT band doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t feel tight but it also doesn’t feel ready for a run just yet. This no running thing is really starting to suck and I feel awful for anyone who has to deal with me right now, cranky is an understatement when I can’t run.
I went and saw a physical therapist who said “NO FOAM ROLLING!” My IT band is to the point that it is so agitated that foam rolling actually makes it worse. I can foam roll my quads and hammys as long as I avoid my IT band. I was given a list of exercises and stretches to do along with being told to rest it. Prior to my IT band injury I already did all the recommended stretches and exercises so it’s pretty much a fluke that I am having issues now.
It was also suggested to tape it. The PT offered to do it for me but I declined because I didn’t want to walk around with tape on my leg……but by the end of the day I was at Dicks Sporting Goods (my second home) buying KT Tape. After youtubing some videos, I figured out how to tape my leg and it feels great! Looks silly but feels great. I heard KT tape doesn’t stay on but I have not had that problem. Mine actually stays on for days. Oh and it’s pink :)
Monday: Rest and sports massage
Wednesday: 45 mins elliptical
Thursday: 50 mins elliptical
Friday: 45 mins elliptical
Saturday: 30 min walk and 60 mins elliptical
Total Mileage: 0 miles (It has been years since I have had a 0 mile week)
Did you notice I did not run on Saturday? I was registered for the Indy Mini, I even drove with my friends to Indianapolis for the weekend but when it came time to run, I decided to sit it out. I knew that if I ran I would just re-agitate my IT band. It was a tough decision to make but Cleveland is my “A” race this year. Cleveland is the race I have been training for and the race I am still planning to PR at in a couple weeks.
Speaking of Cleveland, not sure how I became “The Logo”
When my picture from my last race looks like this….
I know my picture may not show it but I do love running and usually do so with my eyes open.
What’s the longest you have taken off for an injury?