I have IT Band Syndrome and it sucks.
I’ve been sidelined for the last three weeks, which is a pretty rubbish start to the Marathon in a Year challenge. I wanted to have three 20 mile weeks under my belt at this point and be back on track with my previous 5k PB of 19:21 (which I ran in October 2014). Instead I’ve been unable to run, even just for a couple of minutes, without pain.
At first I assumed my knee injury was nothing to worry about. I was going to rest it for a few days and then get straight back to running. Unfortunately, that hasn’t worked. From what I’ve read online IT Band Syndrome is rather stubborn and rest alone isn’t going to get rid of it.
I don’t know anything about fixing running injuries but here are a couple of useful articles I’ve found specifically about IT Band Syndrome.
- 10 Exercises to Treat IT Band Syndrome by Jason Fitzgerald
- IT Band Syndrome Injury in Runners: Stretches, Preventive Exercises, and Research-Backed Treatments by John David
At the moment I’m trying not to run (I keep wanting to go and give it a go wishfully thinking that it might have magically got better) and also doing a load of these rehab exercises at least twice a day. Other than that I don’t know what to do. I’m a little concerned that it hasn’t gone away and I feel rather helpless going forwards.
As for what caused it in the first place; I’m not really sure. From what I’ve read it could be due to my bowed legs, or perhaps some crossover between my feet when I’m running. I’ve looked at some photos of me at Oak Hill parkrun and my legs do often look rather wonky. Maybe I’m just unlucky.
To watch Episode 1 of Marathon in a Year, entitled ‘IT Band Syndrome’, click here.
If you have any ideas that you think could help me please leave a comment and let me know.