I have been putting off giving you an update on my knee/IT band situation. This is not because I have bad news to share. It's just no one likes talking about their injury. And I certainly analyze what's going on with my leg every single day. The last thing I want to do is actually sit down and write about it.
However, it is part of my life! And there are people reading this that have been injured, are injured, or will be injured at some point in their running career. So I know it's nice to have support. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
After redefining my goals, I read the book Ready to Run, saw my chiro, and COMMITTED to getting my body back into a really healthy state.
First, let me tell you the things I have been doing:
- Warming up and cooling down properly before and after every workout
- Doing the couch stretch like it's my job
- Doing knee strengthening exercises 6 days a week
- Incorporating mobility work several days a week
- Wearing my compression socks after every workout that involves my lower body
- Drinking lots and lots of water
Now, this is what I need to start doing, or do more of:
- I need to branch out my mobility work to other areas of weakness. Particularly, I need to address my ankle ROM.
- I need to listen to my body 100% of the time. Even if I don't like what it is telling me.
- I'm still considering transitioning into zero drop shoes.
I have eased back into lifting lower body. Sometimes it feels good during/after and sometimes it feels wonky. The days it feels wonky is usually when I have sat for awhile before going to the gym. If I just get up and go, it feels pretty good.
Spinning definitely aggravates it. No more spinning for me!
The good news is I have been getting some runs in- even a couple double digit runs- and it holds up really well! It feels strong during and after about 80% of the time. That is a HUGE improvement.
So the good news is, it does not feel PERFECT, it is still something I am actively dealing with, but I am seeing progress.
Hopefully I will continue to see progress!
Have you recently adopted any healthy habits that will help you recover from an injury or help you not get injured in the first place?