Waking up in the dark wasn’t easy this morning, but a vase of vibrant, yellow daffodils from my mom really brightened my day. They just scream Spring to me!
This morning’s breakfast was pretty awesome. I know that I eat oatmeal (or oat bran) over and over again, so you’d think it would get boring for me after awhile, but it really doesn’t. Oatmeal typically keeps me satisfied until lunchtime, so I stick with it because it works, and switching up the ingredients keeps it interesting!
Today, I had oat bran with fresh blueberries, ground flaxseed meal, chia seeds, and a scoop of both peanut butter and carrot cake jam. The carrot cake jam was easily the star of this morning’s breakfast. It was sweet and gooey, and I ended up spreading it over the top of my oat bran, sort of like a glaze. Mmm!
Reader Question: ITBS
Hi Tina! I know you’ve been a sufferer from ITBS and was wondering what advice you have for what worked/what didn’t? I think I’ve caught it before it’s going to get more serious so I want to do everything I can to prevent it from getting worse; foam roller, lots of stretching, etc. I was able to do a 10K yesterday without any major pain, but my IT band is feeling pretty sore/tight today. Any advice you have would be much appreciated! Stupid running injuries!
I’ve definitely had my fair share of IT band issues!
In the middle of my marathon training last fall, I started to experience IT band pain during and after my runs. I have a hip misalignment, so coupled with lots of running, it makes IT band pain a constant struggle for me. But, I’ve learned how to manage this injury, so I can continue running. Here’s what works for me:
The quality of my running and related injuries directly correlates to the amount of yoga that I do. (Caitlin just wrote about this on her blog over the weekend. I’ve also blogged about why I need yoga in my life.) When I start to slack on my yoga practice, I always seem to get injured. With six races in six weeks, including three half marathons, I’ve been religiously taking two 75-minute yoga classes each week. Stretching out my legs in class definitely helps manage the tightness in my IT bands and prevents injuries.
If you’re looking for some runner-specific poses, Caitlin has a bunch on her blog and YogaDownload.com has a FREE 20-minute session available on their website just for runners. I do it quite a lot, and it’s great!
I’m a crazy ice fanatic. I ice my hip and IT bands after every single run that I do”” even the short ones. The ice reduces pain and inflammation and, I swear, it’s a miracle cure. I use my Paradice Ice Pack around my knee and on my hip (I just put it in my yoga pants) and it really seems to work.
Hurts so good, baby! I use my foam roller before and after my runs, which helps loosen my IT bands. I alternate each side several times and roll for 5 minutes to 30 minutes, depending on how tight my legs feel. It can be painful, but it definitely helps. Here’s a how to video from YouTube.
My IT bands are part of the reason that I love group buys and massages so much! Massaging the IT band is very painful, but it works wonders. Also, loosening the leg muscles, in general, provides pain relief for me.
If my IT bands are really bugging me, I take a couple of days off from running. Sometimes, they just really need a break and rest definitely does them some good.
Question of the Day
Do you deal with injuries? Are you still able to remain active? What works for you?