Since the marathon I've now run a grand total of 4 times for a total of 22 miles. Before the marathon that would of been a slow/easy week for me let alone a nearly a month. I'm trying to take things in stride though. I don't want to get to the point where I knock myself out of running for months. I realize I have some time until I would need to do another training cycle, and even that isn't necessary at this point if I re-arrange my plans. I'm not committed to any longer races next year until Soldier Field 10 miler at the end of May. I would like to do a spring Marathon and possibly even take a stab at the Lakefront 50K - but am hesitant to register for anything until I start feeling better.
So what is wrong with me? I have Runner's Knee - that fun catch all phrase for knee pain. It can also be referred to as patellofemoral syndrome or iliotibial band syndrome. In simpler terms I have an imbalance in my muscles that is causing extra strain around the knee and in turn is causing inflammation and pain. I also have pain in the tensor fascia latae (or TFL) which is a muscle in the front part of the hip that connects to the IT band. According to Wikipedia the muscle is responsible for assisting the gluteus maximus in supporting the knee in a position of extension.
So what do I do now? I've been given a number of exercises to help strengthen my hip muscles. This in turn should help restore the balance and stop the twisting at the knee causing the inflammation. The exercises make me look a bit like Jane Fonda or Suzanne Sommers with the leg lifts and clam shells. I'm also doing quite a bit of stretching and having some personal time with the foam roller.
|Unfortunately I don't have the same outfit to do my exercises|
Hope everyone else is doing well out there.