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…