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"I've been following Eddy's improvement over the last two years on this site, and it's been pretty dang solid. Sure the weekly mileage has been up and down, but over the long haul he's getting out the door and has turned himself into quite a runner. He's only now just figuring out his potential. Consistency in running is measured in years, not weeks. And over the last couple of years, Eddy's made great strides" Jeff 14 Jan 2009
I've got a fever...
On your deathbed, you won't wish that you'd spent more time at the office. But you will wish that you'd spent more time running. Because if you had, you wouldn't be on your deathbed.
Eddy, I had similar issues last year. Turned out to be ITBS. The band runs up the outside your leg and into your hip. I had no pain in my knee like most but felt it in my hip.
I went to a PT who showed me some specific stretches. You can probably find them on the web. If not, I'll try and describe. Unfortunately, I had to take a few weeks off. IT band stuff doesn't heal well while you're still running.
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Anyone experienced this? any advice exercises etc?
I am dealing with hip soreness too. Mine occurs after sitting at a desk or after sitting in a car. I get up and start walking and hit hurts for 10-20 steps and then subsides. Been dealing with it for 2 weeks. Any ideas ?? I have way scaled back my mileage (was dealing with a foot injury before this) - desparetly want to get back to running - in the meantime can I bike or eliptical without aggrevating the hip ?
Hello, old thread.
I had something like this about 18-20 months ago and thought it was ITBS and did some stretching. I also have rheumatoid arthritis so I thought it was something I could just keep going through, that the pain would subside there within a week when the flare ended. So, I never really stopped running.
The pain started pretty dull. Not excruciating. I could walk alright, but when trying to even jog lightly, there was a pronounced limp. Couldn't get up or down stairs as easily.
Well, the "flare" never really went away. It turned out to be a stress fracture in the hip - not the femoral neck, but the iliac wing. Confounding. Had to take a year+ off. I actually have some soreness in the area now and I'm going to get a contrast MRI in two weeks to see if the thing is really healed or just what is going on.
Best of luck. I hope you get this straightened out.
Hello, old thread.
My right knee started to twinge recently mid-run and I know what IT band feels like so I stopped several times during that run and the next to stretch, and it went away.
Now on the oppose side on my hip I have the same type of feeling, but it's hip instead of knee. It hurts to do my must-do-every-time-I-run IT band stretch and when starting the stretch I'm really tight. It a it's a dull ache when I walk.
I'm really ignoring it, hoping I just need to stretch more and once the ligament is loosened up it will stop rubbing on my bone, but I also have Boston next month, and I don't want this to become a chronic issue.
I'm doing the right thing, right?
(hope you're long recovered by now mk!)
I'm going to respond to myself now.
I took two days off midweek and did the bike for thirty minutes each day, followed by a long IT band stretch. I'm sitting there afterwards on the couch, super sensitive to aches and twinges, when I ignore them any other day.
Any time I would walk anywhere for more than 5 minutes (rare occurance), I would do another long stretch.
I followed that (day 3) by a 4 mi slow run where I felt burning a couple of times, so stopped to stretch.
I cautiously approached my 20 miler, considering I'd try 12, or maybe 15, then maybe 16, and ended up coming back early after 15 to be on the safe side, before running right past my house and doing another 5. During that 20 I had to stop and stretch 5 times and it was very tight all five times, but as soon as it was loose again I was fine. Sissy legs.
I had this (or your sounds like mine).
My chiropractor said it was my IT band just being too tight. He worked it out with ART (active release technique, or something like that). Basically, he applied a head pack for about 20 minutes and then just went to town on the tendon, rolled it out, pushed on it, etc etc and then had me use the foam roller on my own, particularly after runs. It worked great. No more pain.
Now I use the foam roller on occasion to keep it loose. I've also found that my knee pain and perhaps even some toe pain was because of the tight IT band. As of today (gonna jinx it!) nothing hurts. Get a foam roller.
HTFU? Why not!