Anyone get those lyrics?
Anyway. For my readers I have exciting news. I have been running! I didn’t want to say anything in case I jinxed myself but I finally think that after two years I might have started to get a handle on my sore ‘knee’. I don’t have a sore knee! I have a weak glute medius! I’m also out of alignment, oh and the old troublesome tight ITB caused by the above. Out of alignment impacts on the glute and ITB to some degree and when your ITB gets tight like mine (like a rod in your leg) it goes all the way down into my knee. This surprisingly helpful and unreferenced wikipedia article actually explains everything I just said. Spooky.
Now the ITB, or illiotibial band, is not actually a muscle so you can’t really ‘stretch’ it. But I’ve been having painful, awful massages and it does loosen up a bit. I can’t describe the pain. It’s horrendous. I actually bought a foam roller so I can inflict the pain on myself in the comfort of my own home. How fun for me. That, and strengthening the glute medius + the orthotics have made an actual difference! I just have to remember to behave and stretch and not try and do too much.
But it’s all worth it. The other day I went for probably 8kms of actual running and I actually had to stop because I was stuffed, not because of my knee. Which is amazing. The man and I go for a run every Monday night. Tonight we went in the pouring rain and did 4km. He kicked my butt and I was trying too.
Well I’m stuffed (from running – did I mention?) and I’ve got to get to bed.
p.s. Does anyone have some suggestions for SOTM??