IT Band Syndrome and the NYC Marathon

IT Band Syndrome and the NYC Marathon

Post by Larry DeMarca » Sat, 18 Oct 1997 04:00:00


I have been piling up the miles in an attempt to train for the NY Marathon
and have developed IT Band Syndrome in the right knee.  

The orthopedist has prescribed steroids that have not worked.  He also told
me to run one mile per day. (The pain does not start until 1.5 miles into a
run.)  I have not done much running in the last month and the pain persists
around mile #2.

What treatments have you found to be effective?  (Advil, massage,
stretching, etc.)  I have been stretching, running one mile and cycling.
Does cycling work against a speedy recovery?  

I am very interested to see what has worked in the past.

Should I suck it up and run the Marathon?  I am planning on doing the Half
Ironman in Panama City in May and do not want to do anything to ruin my
training for early 1998.

I would appreciate any advice.

Thanks,
Larry

 
 
 

IT Band Syndrome and the NYC Marathon

Post by Varun Madh » Sat, 18 Oct 1997 04:00:00

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Quote:
>What treatments have you found to be effective?  (Advil, massage,
>stretching, etc.)  I have been stretching, running one mile and cycling.
>Does cycling work against a speedy recovery?  

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>Larry

You should first try and identify the cause. Is it because you are
running on the shoulder of the road? Or, are you training on the
inside of a short track? Or <excuse me> bad running style?
I think what helped me the most through ITBS was weight training.
I emphasized lunges and squats. The weight itself is probably not
as important as the reps. I was happy to do 15 reps in each set (of three)
of each of the above exercises. Interestingly, even when my leg was
aching from ITBS at the start, by the time I got through, things
were nice and toasty.
I tried riding, but it hurt too much unless I spinned.
I ran a little, but flat footed, and very carefully. Ice and ibuprofen
helped.
Finally I would suggest you check up a book on yoga for stretching
exercises. While the exercises themselves may be little different
from your regular stretching , the precision in form is a plus.
And of course, ... good luck on the marathon.

 
 
 

IT Band Syndrome and the NYC Marathon

Post by carlos.tor.. » Sat, 18 Oct 1997 04:00:00

Larry,

I too usually develop some form of ITB Syndrome before marathons and what
has worked for me is using a strap under the knee cap called the CHO-PAT.
 It relives the pain a lot and I can run the race with no pain.  However,
it does not solve the underlying problem which in my case was not enough
stretching. Try the strap and go running with it.  If it feels better
then decide if running the marathon is worth it.  Usually my ITB problems
go away after the marathon after I begin to reduce my mileage.

Good Luck.

Regards,
Carlos Torres de Navarra
C***Gables, Florida
IMC 1998

Quote:
> I have been piling up the miles in an attempt to train for the NY Marathon
> and have developed IT Band Syndrome in the right knee.

> The orthopedist has prescribed steroids that have not worked.  He also told
> me to run one mile per day. (The pain does not start until 1.5 miles into a
> run.)  I have not done much running in the last month and the pain persists
> around mile #2.

> What treatments have you found to be effective?  (Advil, massage,
> stretching, etc.)  I have been stretching, running one mile and cycling.
> Does cycling work against a speedy recovery?

> I am very interested to see what has worked in the past.

> Should I suck it up and run the Marathon?  I am planning on doing the Half
> Ironman in Panama City in May and do not want to do anything to ruin my
> training for early 1998.

> I would appreciate any advice.

> Thanks,
> Larry

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