Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Self diagnosed injury and yoga

Once again with the increase in my running I have the dreaded lateral knee pain and hip pain on the right hand side. I am considering biting the bullet and going and getting a biomechanic/gait assessment done as this will impact on my preparation for my first marathon in 4 months time.

In the meantime I am going to try taping the leg as I figure that from the symptoms I have it is a case of iliotibial band syndrome. I attribute it to the increase in training miles and the fact that I probably have weak glutes/core and so am over pronating as I run to make up for the muscle imbalance. Will need to work on this in the gym. I am getting pain in the Vastus Lateralus towards the end of the long run as well. Am going to strap the knee tonight by running tape from iliac spine down to the lateral knee and see if this provides relief. Really hope it does as Thames half marathon is only a few days away.

I have also found out that I am really really inflexible so have taken up trying to do some yoga each day. Just trying the cobblers pose last night had my inner thigh so sore and my knees no where near touching the ground...not sure if this is going t0 help with running but figure more flexibility can't hurt. Will be interested to hear if any other runners have tried increasing flexibility and whether this had any benefit.


  1. Have you tried using The Stick on you ITband? It really helps get that tension out. Good luck, hope it feels better soon!

  2. Thanks Stacey. Will find out if they stock them here in NZ and give it a go