Run Find Your Happy Pace

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The Tight Hip is connected to the hurt knee, etc….

on May 9, 2012

So let me start off by saying I am NOT a doctor or a physical therapist!  And I am writing this not to complain but rather to put some info that has worked for me out there in order that it might help someone else.

If you have followed my blog for a while you know I have been suffering with PF (Plantar Fasciitis) since late December and now IT band issues.  Would have loved to be in physical therapy for it however I have a non-cooperative doctor, but that’s another story.

So in my own quest to be pain-free I have added foam rolling, yoga, kettle bell workouts and now extreme IT band stretching to my routine.   For the past 3 days or so I have been seriously concentrating on stretching my hip and IT band with a 4 point IT band stretch.  Painful!  And I mean painful as in using words you wouldn’t normally use painful! (and yet oh so good)  You know what I mean?  These stretches rate way up there with the love/hate relationship I have with my foam roller.  But you know what, I think its working! (please God let it be working)  Today I went for my first 4 miler without knee pain since my last half in April.  WHOOHOOO!  But maybe more amazingly was I also noticed my post run “increased” PF pain was simply not there!!  DOUBLE WHOOHOO!!!  Happy dance 🙂  Notice I said “increased” as in it is still there, just not worse after a run.  Hey I will take what I can get!

So could this decrease in post run PF pain be related to my tight hip?  Maybe?  So onto the internet I went.  I found some very interesting articles by a doctor and another runner about how tight hips may also lead to PF.  OH MY GOODNESS!  The things you wish you knew before you knew them.  They both also stated that tight calves (which I previously have had and continue to work  on) definitely still come into play, but so do hips!  So stretch, stretch, stretch people!

I would not call my PF or my IT/knee problem cured by any means, however I think things are looking up.  Any less pain is a good thing!  I will keep you posted.

More info:

Looking for more info on the 4 point IT band stretch?  I have the link on my facebook page if you are interested.  Just click on my facebook link on the right side of my blog.

Also here is a link to one of the articles I found.

Would love to hear from you!