My self diagnosis was correct. I have an inflamed iliotibial band. So what does that mean, exactly?
Well, IT Band Syndrome is very common among runners, so I’m not alone. From Wikipedia: “The band stretches from the thigh to the calf and is crucial in supporting the knee during running. However, repeated friction and extension of the knee during running may cause inflammation.”
Also — and I’m sure I’m not alone here, either — yesterday’s x-rays showed that my knee caps are set high and inside. Doc says this may cause additional strain while running.
The best remedy for IT Band Syndrome is rest. Easier said than done. On days like today all I want to do is run. It’s refreshing and relaxing, and it had just become part of my daily routine. I miss it.
But I’m trying to stay positive. Even though I won’t be ready to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Seattle in June, I can still strive to run a half this summer — or perhaps even a full this fall. And Nick and I have already requested time off work in June, so we might as well take advantage of it, right? Destinations currently on the table include San Francisco, Montreal, and London.
So while I continue to stretch and strengthen and roll and ice, please indulge me. Where would you choose to spend five days this summer? And what would you do while you were there?