People please if you think you are suffering from a stubborn case of IT band syndrome please do some research on common peroneal nerve entrapment. I was told for a year that I had it band syndrome and after trying strengthening and every other treatment for IT band syndrome finally I found a really good physio therapist who diagnosed me with a common peroneal nerve entrapment at the fibular head. I had it surgically decompressed. 3 weeks post op I felt 100%. The common peroneal nerve runs parallel to the biceps femoris and on the lateral side of the knee. My surgeon said he sees 20 cases a week of people who were diagnosed with it band syndrome but actually have common peroneal nerve entrapment. The surgery is minimally invasive and only takes about 20minutes. You walk out the same day. I hope this helps a few people.
Hi Mack, what did your pain feel like? I think I have ITBS, my pain comes on after a couple of miles and quickly becomes too painful to run through. My pain is a shooting pain rather than an ache that gets worse, starting in the side of the knee, shooting down my lower leg. My hip and thigh feel fine, which is making me doubt ITBS.
Thanks for your input everyone, I will do a bit more research and have a bit of a rest! It's odd as it's quite intermittent - I can run ok for a few minutes, then I get a sharp shooting pain which makes me pull up, but I can walk around pretty much pain free. It's a tricky area to massage using my foam roller!
Maybe a silly question, but as a runner with 17 years experience and the same number of marathons under my belt, I'm suffering with pain down the outside of my lower leg, which is making me pull up when running. I'm six weeks into a 16 week block of marathon training and was trying to run 6 days a week (3 quality, 3 easy) but this pain has flared up and I'm struggling to identify it as an injury. It seems too low down my leg to be ITB and not directly on the front of my shin. Has anyone got any ideas what it could be? Shin splints seems like a beginner injury?! Thanks.
Hi, just thought I'd drop in and see what's on the forums for this event as I'm signed up for the marathon. It will be the second time I've done this one - I also did the very warm one in 2011.
I agree with Cable, there's nothing wrong with wearing a Camelback, I will have energy drink in mine and complement it with the water on offer. I found the water stations a bit poorly spaced out (my only criticism of an otherwise good event) so I like to know I will have enough to drink as I might be out there a long time - maybe about 4.30hrs.
I seem to remember the race commentary/music at the start/finish area was pretty fun and made for a good atmosphere. Really good for family and spectators due to the loops, and for the runners the views make the effort worthwhile! Just hoping the weather is kind to us.
Although I'm originally a Swansea girl, I live in the Midlands now, so had to do my long run in the snow this morning - not quite what I was expecting at this time of year!
I've decided to enter too, I haven't done this one before but it is relatively easy for me to get to and the course doesn't seem too tough. I like the quieter courses where you can just get your head down and plod on. I'll be hoping for 4.30-5.00 hours, so hopefully there will still be some other runners around. Only 12 weeks to go!