Morning! I thought Iâ€™d try a short run this morning to see if my IT band/knee acted up (it flared up on Saturday during a 5.0 miler and Iâ€™ve rested it since).
In case you didnâ€™t know, the IT band is definitely something you want to take care of if youâ€™re a runner (or cyclist!). â€œThe iliotibial band is a superficial thickening of tissue on the outside of the thigh, extending from the outside of the pelvis, over the hip and knee, and inserting just below the knee.â€ (Source)
Iâ€™ve been foam rolling like itâ€™s my job since Saturday because I suspect a tight/irritated IT band is the cause of my woes.
We recently bought this foam roller. Itâ€™s super dense and it hurts so good.
The Husband has also been cupping my IT band. Cupping is a method during which a Chinese medicine practitioner places glass cups containing reduced air pressure (to create suction) on the skin. It causes huge, attractive â€œhickeysâ€ (I look like an octopus hugged my leg) but it really helps move around stagnated blood and promote healing.
All in all â€“ no pain during todayâ€™s 2.0 miler. What a relief! I hope it holds up.
- Greek yogurt
- Strawberry jam
- A banana
- Chia seeds
As usual, I am running late. :( Gotta jet!