Monday, September 28, 2009

Opinions Needed!

So if you haven't been running for 3 months and you start again, will you feel tightness in your IT band??

I ran last night and I felt a slight tightness at the beginning of the run, then it went away. After wards I again felt the tightness in the ITB but stretched and took Ibuprofen and feel fine today. Since I have never taken this much time off before I am not sure what to expect! So all you ITB experts out there, please leave a comment!

18 comments:

RunToTheFinish said...

oh the ITB...well you need to do active stretching before you start running... and make sure you do some easy stretching EVERY single day for the ITB. But don't over do it on the strengthening exercises or you'll make your muscle so tired it will in fact hurt to run all the time.

Jocelyn said...

Hmm, I'm not sure. I like RunToTheFinish 's idea. I hate the IT band pain. Hope it feels better asap!

onelittletrigirl said...

I'm no dr, but I have been dealing with ITB problems for over a year now. Honestly, I often still have pain assosicated with running but it is managable. I always take one ibprofen before any run that will be longer than 4 miles. I stretch before and after as well. Even though it somestimes still plagues me, if I keep up on it, it is a lot better.

Lacey Nicole said...

take it to the doc! i would just in case. can never be too careful? i bet starting running again you'll feel a lot of different things, lol. but hopefully they are just minor and will work themselves out!!!!

I Run for Fun said...

I haven't had ITB issues, but it's good that you're stretching...it's got to help. Hope it improves.

The Laminator said...

Yes, definitely stretch before and after you run. Also you might have to do slower running for shorter distance for a couple of weeks or so to get your body readjusted to running.

Good luck and welcome back to the roads.

Rio Runs said...

I've had problems with mine for about 7 months- finally went away after I became more consistent with my stretching. Good luck! Glad to see you're back running.

Marlene said...

Welcome back to running! I had an ITB injury in the passed and had to stretch and toll before and after every run for a long time!

EndorphinBuzz said...

Others have said it but stretching is important.

Also listen to your body and don't be afraid to slow down or cancel a run if it doesn't feel right. The first few runs is where you are likely the most vulnerable to a repeat of the injury. Better to postpone your return a week or two than to have another crippling 3 months of recovery.

Melanie said...

I've always had some ITB issues here and there, and mine is definitely more bothersome after taking time off. Baby it a bit and I'm sure it'll be old news in no time.

Ms. V. said...

what everyone else said. stretch...I've never had ITB issues before though...maybe it's the heels? (your avatar always cracks me up)

Brian said...

My short answer is "yes". I've had IT band issues when coming back from a long period off. I've found that running shorter distances at a higher rate of speed is actually better at first. I'd run maybe a mile at a time about a minute faster than my normal "easy" pace until I could gradually work myself into longer distances.

Massaging your butt up near your hips helps to relieve things as the problem is rooted in muscle tightness there. That's what the boyfriend is for ;).

The Happy Runner said...

Make sure to really warm up the hip/ITB area before heading out on your run and stretch a lot afterward. For me, the warming up part is KEY!

trialsoftraining said...

Oohh...far from being an ITB expert :/ if you come up with any good stretches though, let us know!

Chicago Runner Girl said...

i agree w/ Lacey Nicole -- take it to the doc! -- but be sure you're seeing a sports med or one that works well with runners. they're less likely to tell you to spot and will likely refer you to a PT (i.e., GODSENDS!) that can offer some strength-training exercises and get you feeling better in no time!

Nicole said...

I hope it dosent keep bugging you- keep us posted on how things go! Sorry im no help! :(

aron said...

i would def just make sure to be stretching A LOT and foam rolling that thing too!!!

Fair Weather Runner said...

hmmm, i'm not an expert. but i do use my foam roller on my ITB when it's acting up and that seems to help quite a bit.