tough as nails
running through IT band syndrome 1/8/2006 6:47PM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I was diagnosed with IT band syndrome last week, and, after consulting my personal coach and several running buddies, decided to train through it. Today, however, I was midway through a 13 mile run, had taken a heavy dose of pain reliever, and felt a snap. I had to hitchhike home on one leg.
PDX Track
RE: running through IT band syndrome 1/8/2006 6:52PM - in reply to tough as nails Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

tough as nails wrote:

I was diagnosed with IT band syndrome last week, and, after consulting my personal coach and several running buddies, decided to train through it. Today, however, I was midway through a 13 mile run, had taken a heavy dose of pain reliever, and felt a snap. I had to hitchhike home on one leg.


Your personal coach and running buddies gave you bad advice if they told you to train through it.

Go to a sports clinic, learn some strengthening exercises, do some rehab, then start back slowly.....very slowly.

If this is your first bout with it, you're only going to make it worse by training through it.
"IT"
RE: running through IT band syndrome 1/8/2006 8:18PM - in reply to PDX Track Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
My experience was similar to yours. I had heard of a number of people training through it, but on my first run after I realized I had it I experienced something like you did. First and only time I ever had it. Based on my personal experience, I'd say don't try to do any running on it, see a PT, and be prepared to be out for a while. Best of luck, I hope if clears up quickly!
tough as nails
RE: running through IT band syndrome 1/8/2006 8:24PM - in reply to tough as nails Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I came home from the ER, and my IT band actually split in two. The doctor said it will require surgery, but it's gunna kill me to take time off. Maybe i can cross train on a bike or elliptical.
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RE: running through IT band syndrome 1/9/2006 10:29AM - in reply to tough as nails Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

tough as nails wrote:

I came home from the ER, and my IT band actually split in two. The doctor said it will require surgery, but it's gunna kill me to take time off. Maybe i can cross train on a bike or elliptical.


You had to go the ER? Holy smokes!

Never heard it get so bad so fast.

I coach an athlete that's had a chronic IT problem -

I got him in to a sports injury specialist, who gave him a number of strengthening exercises and alternate workouts, which included bike and eliptical (with very light resistance), along with short pool running workouts.

Eventually, he was able to run on a treadmill (no incline), then started venturing outdoors again. He had to be very careful of hills, and of intense running (like speedwork). Warmups were VERY long in comparison to what he normally did.

If you're going to have surgery, make sure you get a second and/or third opinion from a sports medicine type....
Oostermama
RE: running through IT band syndrome 1/9/2006 10:44AM - in reply to PDX Track Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Moron. What were you trying to achieve? Your ITB will probably never fully recover. Give your coach a smack round the head.
MarathonMind
RE: running through IT band syndrome 1/9/2006 12:12PM - in reply to tough as nails Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
The big lesson here is NEVER EVER train on pain-relievers.
You need that feedback to avoid the disaster you had.
Take the time off, 6, 8 weeks, whatever, and adjust the goals.
Sorry but- you blew it.