We all know my love of running and I've mentioned recently that I injured my IT band.
I finally went to to the doctor and Physical Therapy starting back in January.
It pained me to admit that something was actually wrong but the actual pain in my knee was worse.
So begrudgingly I went and started religiously going to PT.
PT was and is a slow, slow process but as far as I can tell it is working.
I have even started run/walking a bit and that mileage number down on the right is slowly creeping back up.
The more I research, the more I find how common this injury is to runners.
This is my first (and hopefully last!) running injury and it has taken a toll on me.
I am so cautious not to push myself too much too fast for fear of it flaring back up.
Slow and steady is the name of the game here.
So I am hoping with the exercises and stretches I will continue to be on the road to recovery.
This injury has taught me a few things...
1. I am terrible at being injured.
The physical pain was killing me but even more so was the inability to run.
Running is such a mental game and not running is even more of a mental game.
Trying to find other ways to get cardio in have been difficult but at least I had my push ups!
2. Being injured does has silver linings.
The upside of this injury is that it happened during the worst time of the year to run. I was able to bypass the sub zero temperatures and ice and slush on the roads.
3. Injury made me gracious.
Not being able to run has really made me thankful for my ability to run when I am injury free. And that I enjoy running and can do it. I used to never think I would be a runner and now it is a large part of my life. Granted my cardio may be down at the moment but all is not lost and it is slowly coming back.
I will be the first to admit that at first I HATED foam rolling.
Mister would tell me again and again how amazing it was and I just would not listen.
I still don't love it but I will admit that it is helping and has helped quite a bit along the way.
I am doing my best to do my exercises and roll twice a day.
It does take quite of a bit of time out of my day but being injury free is worth it.
Floyd is incredibly helpful when I roll.
He is available for hire if you need him.
Or if you are good at multi tasking. He does require his belly to be rubbed while he is helping you.