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Janda's knee problems continue


I seem to have been forced finally to recognise that this IT/ knee problem is not going to go away as quickly as I would like. Six days from the Run Hackney half marathon and I now know that I won't be passing the Hackney Empire or making my way through the Olympic Village on Sunday.

I've been foam rollering and stretching to try to make this better but I haven't been able to stop myself wanting to get out and do the odd short run. 15 mins on Thursday. 25 mins on Saturday. Then I thought an easy 10k to test it. Well I managed barely 4.5k before I knew it wasn't going to work and had to give up.

I am fairly philosophical about it all but I'm not too pleased. Just got to get on and let it mend, treat the underlying problems and get ready in time for the next race, whenever that might be. Oh, the travels of the long-distance runner!

Good luck and happy running!

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Sorry to hear about this. Sounds like you are right to take it easy. No point setting yourself up for a worse injury.

jandaGraduate in reply to tanyag_163


Sorry to hear that Janda. Good that you can be philosophical about it - there's always another race but only one body to run it with, so make sure you are OK and get it all sorted. Only hope I don't need to heed this advice on my run up to my first half in September!

Fingers crossed for your full and speedy (sorry pun not intended) recovery.

jandaGraduate in reply to AnnieW55

Thanks Annie.


Hope you manage to get it sorted Janda

jandaGraduate in reply to Mummysaurus

Thank you.


Have your considered going to a sports physiotherapist? I found it useful, although I've no way of knowing if I recovered from the injury quicker than if I hadn't had physio. I believe the manipulation of the muscles attached to the IT band, whether through massage, electrical stimulation or acupuncture, can speed up healing.

With my injured IT band I had no pain whatsoever when I wasn't running and the pain only came on after about 2km. I kept resting the leg for several days, then trying it to see if had recovered, but this was aggravating the problem. Here's what I write last year: healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

jandaGraduate in reply to swanscot

Thanks Swanscot. I will speak to one of my physio friends but thanks for the links. I'll let you know how I get on.

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