As you may remember from my last post….
Over the past few weeks I have tried almost everything imaginable to try and get my silly ol’ IT Band to play the game. I have been to yoga (yes, desperate measures!), stretched and foam rolled for >90-minutes a day, taken ibuprofen/ anti-inflammatories, worn neoprene straps, taped my leg, had sports massages, iced my knee…the list goes on!
Unfortunately, whilst out walking the Tongariro Crossing on Saturday 11th, it was still giving me a bit of trouble…which didn’t exactly fill me with confidence! Two weeks of taking it easy clearly wasn’t enough for the knee of this impatient patient! That aside, it was great to get back out on some beautiful trails after what has felt like months – I’m sure that all of my CEP Sports apparel appreciated some time outdoors just as much as I did!
A few days after getting back, I received an email from Paul Colgrave; a fellow runner who is competing in the 16km event that has also suffered from IT Band Syndrome himself. Paul kindly emailed me a .pdf of an article from the May 2004 issue of Running Times Magazine (written by Brian Fullem). While I had been given a lot of stretches by a lot of people, the two stretches below were by far the most effective that I have come across, so I wanted to share them with you all!
A week later, I can feel a noticeable difference in my leg and its associated flexibility – so thanks Paul!! I absolutely recommend these if you are suffering from the same syndrome, and of not, a tight ITB!
Looking forward, I just hope that the sum of my efforts – including the use of these stretches and having had another couple of weeks off – will be enough to get me over that finish line!! As upsetting as this injury has been, I’m excited to see everyone – young and old, fast and slow – out there next Saturday! I have every bit of confidence in you all, but whether we make it to the end or not, every one of you should be proud of yourselves for getting out there and giving it a go!