I had another very painful session with my physiotherapist yesterday, but there’s good news! I have been given the OK to start running again. Things are feeling a lot better. I am so grateful to everyone who recommended Lifespring. It has been a completely different experience from previous PT’s I have seen and the results are incredible. I think I’m going to make them some cupcakes….
I have to continue stretching daily at home, and she suggested that I pick up a foam roller, pictured below.
The idea of the roller is to “apply direct pressure to problem areas by rolling back and forth, emphasizing those tight painful spots. This will help release the tight tissue, and will decrease tension on the band.” I tried it at physio and it hurts like &%$*, but as I have definitely learned, that just means it’s working.
I found a great resource on-line for Iliotibial band syndrome: A RUNNER’S GUIDE TO ITBS. My PT is pretty sure this won’t be a recurring or persistent issue for me, but at least I know what we’re talking about.
In other news, the Mississauga Marathon is officially less than 2 months away. I am nervous, mainly because of this blip in my training. Hopefully I will be back on schedule in the coming weeks, but I’m going to take it slow and listen to my body. Tonight will be my first run since the race, so I’m going for an easy one on the treadmill. Let’s hope my body is as ready as my mind is! I feel so sluggish and just blah after 9 days off.