After consistantly running for weight loss for over 2 years, I finally got my first “runner” injury. I’ve managed 2-5k’s, 3-10k’s and my 1-half marathon without serius injuries. After returning from a one month vacation, I went back to my “normal” routine of working out and pulled some “thing” in my knee while out on a run with a friend of mine. I thought I could run through it but two weeks later It still bothered me and it was getting worst.
Finally I went to my doctor and she refered me to a physical therapist. I saw him a week later and diagnosed me with ITBS (Illiotibial Band Syndrome) For all you runners you know how frustrating it can be to suffer from an injury. Before my injury I had plans on running my first marathon within a few weeks. I went home with some bad news that day. I was told there was no way I was gonna be able to run that marathon. I agreed. As dissapointed as I was, I knew I had to take some time to really recover. He sent me home with a list of stretching exercise to help me get my knee back in tip-top-shape. I skipped running for the next week and focused on the stretches, I did most of them in the sauna in the gym. He told me to stop running but didn’t stop me from biking, using the elliptical machine or taking my regular classes of spinning, total body, and my bootcamp. Just because I couldn’t run did not give me the reason to stop working out.
Exactly one week later after doing the stretches 3-times a day, I got on the treadmill and decided to run for 30 minutes. I didn’t want to over due it, so i started with a 12 mpm pace. After the 12 minutes the pain started creeping in, so I slowed to a snail pace of 14mpm for the remaining of the half-hour. The pain started to dissapate but I did not want to make it worst. I finished my 30 minutes and followed it with my stretches. I know that it will take weeks maybe even months to recover, but I will recover. I have seen many people recover and have ran marathon after marathon, you all are my inspiration.