I just had my first DNF this Easter weekend....only a 5 mile race but it was my first race after being out with ITBS since January and was meant to be a test to see if I'd be ready for my club's summer league 10ks and other summer races I'd had my eye on. It was going really well, my IT band felt fine and I was on course for a really good result until 3.75 miles in when my left calf popped and 3 days later I still can't walk properly and it hurts to touch. Gutted is a bit of an understatement. I was looking forward to building on a good 2013 with even better running this year but it's all gone wrong so far and I'm incredibly disheartened about it all and daren't even enter any more races as I've already missed a few I'd entered for early spring because of the ITBS and now it looks like the calf injury will mean missing at least some of the summer league 10ks......Obviously I'll be getting treatment for my calf problem as soon as the physio can fit me in, but I'd love to hear how people have picked themselves up from similar siutations, and how to keep positive when you can't do any kind of training!
I have suffered with ITBS recently too, and I've had to miss a few races I'd entered because of it. I'd recommend you get a few sports massages in as well as what you are doing with stretching and using the foam roller - they will help to release any knots and tightness in your IT band as the therapist will dig in deeper than the roller can. Be warned though, it'll hurt like hell! Once the knots are gone and the IT band is loosened start running really short distances and gradually build up. If you get any pain at all stop and walk home. It's really not worth pushing through as you'll just be out for longer. It takes a while to get over, I'd say 4 weeks for a 1/2 might be pushing it a bit to be honest, but hope you get it sorted soon!
Bit of a random request for running forum I guess but here goes.....I'm an injured runner (currently struggling with ITB syndrome in one leg and runners knee in the other) and thus can't actually run at the moment. If it was summer I'd cycle to keep my fitness up but as it's winter I can only cycle at the weekends as it's too dark before and after work to cycle on the unlit narrow country roads where we live. Thus I was thinking about getting a turbo trainer for my bike to use indoors and wondered if anyone out there had ever had one and could recommend one that's effective, good quality, not too expensive and not too noisy?!
I have some Brooks Adrenaline ASRs which are hybrid shoes, I find them good on road and trail, and wear them for my local Park run which is 50:50 tarmac and field. They're perhaps not the best if it's very muddy though. My dedicated trail shoes are Adidas Kanadia's which are great in the mud but feel a bit strange when running on tarmac.Oh, and I live in Yorkshire so it's pretty well wet all the time
I've recently developed what I think is IT band syndrome with pain down the outside out my left knee - what are the best ways to recover from this and how long does it usually take? And can I do any other form of exercise whilst I'm unable to run (like cycling, aerobic style fitness classes, hiking)? I'm anxious to minimize the recovery time so I can get back running again but I also don't want to lose too much fitness or jeopardise my race schedule for the next few months!