My right leg from my hamstring to my foot has been in trouble for a week.
Last Monday, I was out for an easy 3-mile run when less than a mile in my right IT band started hurting suddenly. After a few more steps to test it out, I turned tail and jogged home. I haven’t run a step since.
Because not only was my IT band sore (I could feel a knot when I was foam rolling), my on-again, off-again high hamstring tendinopathy and peroneal tendinitis were acting up at the same time. I don’t have a lot of power in my hamstring and I’ve had a slight limp all week.
My week has been full of icing, foam rolling and rest. I want to stop this nonsense before it gets worse so I can get back to training.
There may be a silver lining to this forced rest—I’ve been feeling fatigued for weeks, and I don’t know why.
I think my foot and IT band will be fine as long as I keep up the foam rolling and stop leaning on the outside of my right foot, which is a bad tendency of mine.
The hamstring, though, is a bit of a problem. It’s past time for me to get to work on a rehab program and stick with it. Starting tonight, I’m going to do a lot of bridges and other glute strengthening work, and hopefully soon I can start stretching my hamstring.
All of the above was my fault. I should have been doing active warm ups indoors before heading out to run and been rolling more regularly. With a lot of other things going on in my life this month, I tossed the extras out the window and was simply trying to get miles and some yoga in regularly.
Injuries are what happen when we let our guard down, and sometimes, it’s because life happens. My job has taken up more of my time than usual, and that hurt my running. My shifts have been all over the place, messing with my sleep (which I already have a lot of trouble with). Hopefully as I ease into my new role, my schedule will stabilize, and I’ll find a healthy rhythm of work and running.
Meanwhile, I’m forgiving myself for the lapse and not freaking out. My big race this spring is a half marathon at the end of May, so I have plenty of time to get fit.
I’m glad I’ve learned not to be one of those runners who pushes through injuries before they get terribly bad. Honestly, I don’t understand why folks do that. Yeah, not running sucks, but being injured for months because you were an idiot is much worse.