Give Angela some IT band advice
IT band issues usually come in the form of knee pain. You don't have to be a professional athlete to run into the problem, though lots of intervals and track work are often cited as contributing factors. (AP photo by Michael Probst)
Kelly Barten, a community blogger at RunOregon, recently had a reader with an issue that may sound familiar:
Listen IT Band, if you want my children and husband to survive, I suggest you heal up FAST! I rested last week but couldn't pass up running a few miles (six, okay?!) to watch the Portland Marathon on Sunday.
I don't have a husband or kids, but my wife and pets expressed a good bit of incredulity a few weeks back, when I was regularly using foam rollers, packing ice on my knees, doing strange stretches and walking backward down stairs.
In this case, I was fortunate: A friend had latched onto a comment about a strange sensation on stairs, and that prompted lots of preemptive actions (including a maddening dose of rest), which meant that my potential IT issue never got to the level of pain.
Others haven't been so lucky. Have you ever dealt with IT band pain? If so, what did you do about it?