I’m dealing with “issues” concerning my ongoing IT band/knee/hip problem. It started out a few months ago as that dreaded knee pain every runner dreads. I got it checked out and the orthopedist said it was because my thighs and core weren’t strong enough. So, I’ve been working really hard at the YMCA with specific exercises to get that area stronger.
So, that helped with the knee pain; it went away for the most part, only occurring if I did a particularly tough run or hard workout.
But then, I started getting tightness in the right IT band above that knee. And this part Friday while walking home from the gym, the pain in my IT band was especially bad.
Now I’m realizing that it is my hip that needs to be stronger. So, I have to do a few things. I have to do more strengthening and stretching of that part of my body AND I need to cut back my running to three days a week. Obviously four days is too much right now.
I feel like I’ve been doing everything right; I’m focused on my posture, my running form, trying not to run too quickly or too far too soon, but I need to get my body stronger to run more frequently. Maybe it’s age, I don’t know. I’m not weak, but I’m asking too much out of my poor legs right now.
I’m not a patient person. But to do the thing i love doing more than anything else in this whole world, I will need patience.
I take a deep breath, ask for the patience I need, gather all the information I can about hip strengthening and prepare myself to get this old body feeling better and ready for running.