Total Basset Case: Stretch IT Out

Mar 23, 2015

Stretch IT Out

We all know my love of running and I've mentioned recently that I injured my IT band. 
Womp Womp.
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. 

The most useful tools for me have been a stretch out strap, resistance bands and a foam roller.
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. 


Kait said...

I love this! Especially the photo of you and B.S. at the end ;)

Emily said...

I work at a PT office and foam roll like 3 x a week. At first it was so painful, now I do it to help relieve tightness and pain. WORK IT.

Kayla MKOY said...

Ouch! I'm glad you are getting better. I've been fortunate enough to not have any serious injuries, and I pray it stays that way!!! Sounds like you're handling it well, girl!

Chelsea E. said...

I have such a love hate with the foam roller. It helped my IT band so much when I hurt it. I'm so glad to hear you've been able to run some, and I hope you continue to heal! Being injured and not being able to work out is basically the worst!!

Anne said...

Yes to all of the above... Even after many months of it I'm still pretty terrible at being injured, but I'm consoling myself that we are being smart girls to take important lessons from it in the meantime - you are right about the silver linings and graciousness. And I needed to learn to calm down and give myself a break (and have healthier attitudes about intense cardio workouts... but that's another story for another day. Or my therapist - HA).

So glad you're getting back out there - you're right that all is not lost (I need that reminder still) - and you're still fit and fab. Slow & steady can be killer when you just want to go, but you'll be glad for it when you're all better soon!