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Injured and Depressed (Read 1077 times)


I'm Betty if you're Al

    How does one deal with being forced to have a break from running?  IT Band issues since before Boston.  Iced, rested, stretched, foam rolled, nothing seems to work.  I miss running.  I'm getting depressed.  On my way to work everyone is outside running and mocking me, and it seems to be more and more people each day.  Swimming can be fun but it is not the same.  Tried running a couple times, same pain, if not more so.  This sucks. Recommended to see bio-mechanical specialist.  Have been told to try acupuncture. Appointments made for both. Still, the fact that I can't put on the mizuno's and just go sucks.  Ok, enough of the whining.  I'll shut up now.

    2012 Goals: 5K-Sub 20:00, 10K-Sub 43:00,  1/2 1:35,

    Boston- BQ again by a time known only to my feetskies.  

     "I would rather have high expectations and fail then have low expectations and succeed." DB

      Yes it sucks, and you have my sympathy.  I remember seeing people running and just wanting to jump out of the car to join them.  The best advice I can offer is to keep as busy as possible in other ways.  That makes the healing time go faster, and gives you less time to feel sorry for yourself.  Good luck!

      Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject.

        Let's see. From 1996 until 2008 (yes, 12 years) I had reoccuring calf injuries that kept me from running much at all, and never more than a day or two in a row before I'd be crippled. So I think I can relate to what you're going through.

         

        I resorted to other forms of exercise, mainly body weight exercises, but also group exercises classes at my work. Wasn't much running, but I worked on my over-all fitness and strength. I'd suggest keeping up your leg strength if at all possible: lunges, single leg squats, heel/calf raises. Add burpees too.

         

        Good luck with your injury. I know it's hard.

          I'm going through the same thing, and feel the same way. Let me know if you figure it out....

           

          I've been walking 60 minutes every night. Sort of helps.

            Have you tried going to a massage therapist?  S/he will probably put your IT bands through more than you would do with the foam roller. Highly unpleasant, but it is worth a try.   

            "If you have the fire, run..." -John Climacus


            Prince of Fatness

              Join the club.

              Semi-retired.


              Best Present Ever

                Iv'e seen a physical therapist who does a lot of hands-on work (massage really) to loosen up the band, and then exercises to help prevent the problem. It helped a lot, and insurance covered it (unlike a massage therapist).  It was not pleasant.  My legs were heavily bruised after each session.  

                 

                I totally empathize with how frustrating and depressing it is not to be able to run.  

                  How does one deal with being forced to have a break from running?  IT Band issues since before Boston.  Iced, rested, stretched, foam rolled, nothing seems to work....

                   

                  Recommended to see bio-mechanical specialist.

                  I spent much of last summer like that.  It ain't fun.

                   

                  At the risk of being an Internet-doctor ... a biomechanical evaluation showed I really, really used my quads (and calves) a lot in running and my glutes not much at all.  The "extra" load on the quads may present itself as lower back pain -- which was my recurring problem -- knee pain, or ITB issues.  Consciously thinking about "running tall" and with good posture, as well as PT to strengthen the glutes and teach my body to activate them more, has helped greatly.  Consider expanding your treatment focus beyond the ITB itself; your IT band may be fine and you're just asking too much of it.

                   

                  I know some folks like to deride structured insoles (e.g. Superfeet) and maybe they are a waste for most people.  But for some minority, that little difference in the angle of your foot can make a difference in the torque of the lower leg ... which affects the knee ... which affects the quad ...

                   

                  Regardless, I hope it gets better!

                  “Everything you need is already inside.” -- Bill Bowerman


                  Queen of 3rd Place

                    My condolences and +1 on the massage therapy. Don't give up! 

                    Ex runner

                      Just got cleared to begin running again after 6+ months of hip/PF issues and not having run a single step in 4 months. I feel for you!

                       

                       

                       

                       

                       

                       

                       

                        sucks, but it's just part of it. (less for some of us)

                         

                        33 days for me. I ride the bike to keep sane. lift weights, would even go back and start yoga if I couldn't get on the bike.


                        Feeling the growl again

                          Massage....stretching....shoes of different support styles...don't give up.  A buddy of mine had terrible ITB problems in college, ended up trying some clunky motion control shoes and it cleared right up....after a couple years he was able to transition back to neutral shoes without issues.

                           

                          +1 on keeping busy.  Channel that energy into another ACTIVity.  It may not be the same but who knows, maybe you will find another time-sucking mistress...

                          "If you want to be a bad a$s, then do what a bad a$s does.  There's your pep talk for today.  Go Run." -- Slo_Hand

                           


                          Petco Run/Walk/Wag 5k

                            Sounds like a title I would use...

                             

                            I have different underlying problems although did wrestle with ITB in 2009/2010 which I finally overcame by cross training, ITB stretching, walking more, and changing shoes. Most recently have had to deal with changes in medications for various conditions, some Agent Orange induced, which got me depressed. So I slowed down, then slowed down some more, trying more cross training, yoga, and keeping on keeping on attitude. Having been a Seabee I fall back on our "Can Do!" attitude as much as possible... RA certainly has helped me work thru my many issues but its up to us as individuals to keep on and not get buried in our butts. Easier said than done, been there done that...sigh

                             

                            Good luck on maintaining positive attitude and identifying a path forward!

                            bob e v
                            2014 goals: keep on running! Is there anything more than that?

                            Complete the last 3 races in the Austin Distance Challenge, Rogue 30k, 3M Half, Austin Full

                            Break the 1000 mi barrier!

                            History: blessed heart attack 3/15/2008; c25k july 2008 first 5k 10/26/2008 on 62nd birthday.

                              +1 on keeping busy.  Channel that energy into another ACTIVity.  It may not be the same but who knows, maybe you will find another time-sucking mistress...

                               

                              Yep, I was thinking later I should have said the more physically active, the better.

                              Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject.

                                Try to think of the days as one more closer to running rather than one more that you missed.

                                My sport's your sport's punishment

                                 

                                2012 goals

                                              

                                100 Km month         150 K month      200K month

                                5K run    10K run     20K run              30K run

                                sub 30 min 5K         sub 55min 10K

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