Stretching the Iliotibial Band

From not being able to run for more than 30 secs to being able to run 10 miles, I’m still getting used to the idea that I’m a runner. My iliotibial band, however, is very aware.

An iliotibial band is critical in stabilizing the knee during running and is a big thick band of tissue on the outside of the knee which extends into your butt cheeks.

Iliotibial band syndrome is one of the main causes of lateral knee pain in runners. The band gets tight, pulls on the opposite muscle and the area becomes inflamed. I can confirm it bloody hurts.

So for now, the amount of running I am doing has dramatically decreased. I’ve swapped it for  activities such as rowing, using the cross trainer and cycling which are less high- impact. I’m also stretching a hell of a lot.

In fact, I’m off to stretch it now…

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Secret of Success: Goal Setting

Apologies, it’s been a month and a half since my last update. A lot has happened.

We bypassed the end of the world as predicted by the Mayans, rejoiced at having another Royal mouth to feed, enjoyed all of London’s fireworks from a festive Parliament Hill but most importantly, I ran 10 miles. 10 fricking miles.

Epic news only for me admittedly. Not only because this is my furthest distance to date but Monday 31st December saw me achieve my goal of running 10 miles before 2013. It also facilitated the discovery of two of life’s many secrets; the power of goal setting and the importance of the iliotibial band.

My ambition to run 10 miles was to prepare me to run 13 of those bad boys in January/early February so that I can achieve my ultimate goal in April;  the Virgin London Marathon 2013. Having mapped out my route on MapMyRun, I needed to know how far 10 miles felt as well as ensure my mind and body were prepared for it.

Although it took me a whopping 2hours12 mins, I felt absolutely elated when I finished the run. The adrenalin surged round my body. I punched my hand into the air. Truly victorious.

Achieving my goal made me feel as if anything is possible. Even running 26.2miles.

So as I settle in to 2013, I know I’ve got an exciting year ahead. I just need to set achievable goals, run my own race and make sure I map out where I want to go. And I’m not just talking about running.

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