Finally, I decided to get a sports massage to at least see if I could get some relief. It was painful and all I could do is go through the marathon taper and get to race day. Then, I would have to hope that I could get through the race without aggravating my IT band again.
I was nervous about it all through the race, but adrenaline and the Boston Marathon experience distracted me. And sure enough, I got through the hills and finished fairly strong without having any problems other than the normal ones caused by the marathon course.
I’ve had occasional IT flare-ups over the years, but nothing on the scale of that first marathon. Still, working on that flexibility is always a concern.
Hip stretches are important (a quick Google search provides plenty of suggested stretches), but you can also find exercises to help strengthen the hip muscles to help prevent IT band syndrome. This can be done using a Thera-Band, squats, a foam roller, etc. Improving your hip flexibility can improve your running and help you avoid future pain.
Starts and stops
The focus is on Thanksgiving races this week, but there are some good new events coming up on the near horizon. The inaugural Festivus 5K for Autism takes place on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 9 a.m. at 76 Wharf St., Salem. The race theme is the Festivus holiday celebration featured on the sitcom “Seinfeld,” and the event will raise money for The Autism Society. Visit www.northshoretimingonline.com/reglivecb.aspx?eventyear_id=37# for more information.
Also, at 10 a.m. on Dec. 9 is Chabad North Shore’s annual Hanukkah Run-a-Latke 5K at 44 Burrill St., Swampscott. The event is open to all with Hanukkah fun at the Chabad Community Shul while the adults race, including building a giant Lego menorah that will be lit at the end of the race. Free latkes and doughnuts for all. Contact Allie Vered at 804-269-6900 or email@example.com for more information.