Everyone who runs a lot expects an injury now and again. But what is it about an IT Band injury that’s so infuriating? I’ve struggled with an IT Band problem since the Ayr River Way Challenge. Things are improving but…not very quickly.
The IT band injury I had last year kicked in after about 6 miles while in the last few weeks the pain has me limping after just 1 or 2. Obviously you can’t go to a doctor complaining about how you can only run two miles. You’d rightly be shown the door.
Other injures - such as shin splints, cartilage problems or pulley strains seem to be easier to define and while the recovery phase may be long - the actual treatments are well established. But there seems to be very little consistent advice about IT Band injury. Well, the advice I’ve been given isn’t consistent. As ever, the best advice appears to be written by runners - for runners. So - following my own instincts and reading around, I’ve focused on cross training with lots of open-water and pool swimming. I’ve been doing a lot of stretching and some speed work in bare feet on the beach. I’ve combined that with run-walks on easy ground.
Here is some advice I’ve found (really) useful:
The ITB Rehab Routine
Anatomy of a 6 Month IT Band Injury
Give it a brake
IT Band Syndrome - Treatment