I’m beginning to think that maybe, just maybe, I’m not quite as young as I used to be.
I also think that icing and stretching my post-run muscles is the new norm.
Back when I was in my twenties, I rarely stretched and never iced. Heck, I didn’t even warm up.
I’d step outside and I’d immediately launch myself into full stride. When I finished my usual 12 mile run, I’d relax in a chair. No fuss, no muss. PBR me ASAP.
Then after several years flaunting my invincibility — shin splints.
Then and only then did I stretch and ice, but stubbornly only my calves. The damage however was already done. At that point only rest would help. Years of rest.
Fast forward to now. My last run was Saturday and the pain in my IT band area that started August 16th didn’t seem to be improving any. So every evening since Monday I’ve been icing my left gluteus, hip, and upper thigh.
And I’ve been doing standing squats quad extensions, calf curls, and other leg exercises. I ordered those stretchy bands so I can add those to my leg repertoire. They should arrive today.
None of those aggravate my hip/glute/thigh pain.
Last night, I tried a treadmill run. It seems the icing and stretching and weight training are helping. I was able to walk/run for about 28 minutes.
Despite my impatience, I took the advice I’ve read in other blogs and took it slow. The first quarter mile at a brisk 4 mph walk. The next three-quarter miles at a 5 mph jog. Then a short run for a quarter mile at 6 mph, then back down to 4 mph, then 3.5 mph, finishing with a relaxing g 2 mph walk.
Then stretching with an ice pack on my ass.
And today, the leg feels better than it has in a long time. As I said, icing and stretching nightly are the new norms for me.
I just hope running with pain isn’t.
This is what I feel like when I don’t run:
Run. Stretch. Ice. Repeat.