Outside of my shoulder woes, my other latest goal is to work on my core strength.
I’ve dealt with IT band pain a lot as I’ve built up to running longer distances (usually around 7+ miles). I’ve worked on strengthening my hips, but that hasn’t seemed to help the IT band issues — or at least not enough. I never thought of my core much in relation to this pain, until recently when I read a post Lindsey wrote about thoughts on being injured.
Lindsey explained that for her, working on her hips and core helped eliminate her IT band pain. I looked further to find an article in Running Times on treating IT band pain with core work, along with this first-person account “Anatomy of a 6 Month IT Band Injury” from a NYC Marathon runner who dealt with an IT band injury.
Frankly whenever I find myself doing planks or similar ab-engaging exercises in yoga class, I’m pretty pathetic. I know my core is weak. I don’t pay much attention to it. But I’m starting to now. I’ve been using an adjustable ab bench lately and also watching my posture more when both sitting and standing. And the exercise ball I’ve been sitting on at my desk seems to be engaging my abs more too.
I figure it’s worth a shot. The irony is when I had foot pain, it was actually stemming from hip problems. So it sounds quite possible that outer leg/knee pain could very well stem from higher up in the body as well.
Have you struggled with IT band pain before? How have you managed it?