I showed it to Jason and he wasn't sure what it was. I showed it to my friend, Shannon, who is a physical therapist, and she hadn't seen anything like it. I trained for and ran a PR marathon in February on it, and it didn't seem any worse for the wear so...I kept running.
Eventually, however, the pain began to escalate. It would still calm down after about a half mile, but the pain during that first half mile slowly became more intense and began to linger a bit longer. I went to see a sports doctor who took x-rays and told me it was a calcium deposit that forms on a bone that has taken a trauma. She said to keep my IT band, and the muslces around it loose, because they ran right by it, but that in and of itself, it should not hurt me. She said I could keep doing what I was doing. I happily skipped down the stairs and out of her office believing myself to be in the clear. It would heal eventually. These things just take time.
Well, we are sneaking up on a year. A year of the knee knob and this has me worried. The pain is pretty intense now, and when I sit for long periods of time or first get out of bed, it is pretty rough. This is not super motivating at 5:00 am when I want to get out and run. The promise of pain with those first steps is not something I look forward to, and now I have to stop, stretch and rub in the first mile to be able to continue.
The only thing I know to do is what the doctor told me. I've got to get that leg loose. I know my IT band is insanely tight because the entire span of my leg is tender to the touch. I see my massage therapist twice a month for an hour long torture session and despite how often I try to steal the strange purple tool of pain she uses on my IT band, she always catches me.
I don't need to wait for an appointment with her, however, to inflict pain upon myself and my stretching delinquency. I have my very own tool of torture and it is called the foam roller.
Mine is in revolt.
I plan to ice, but I have not gotten around to it yet. I've considered an Ibuprofen regimen for a few days in order to get any inflammation down and on its way to healing (I'm just not sure if that is harmful to other parts or not). I've increased my stretching, shortened my runs (somewhat and grudgingly), and incorporated the foam roller (I feel like that should have horror music playing in the background while Dracula reads those words aloud).
I'm also trying to focus more on my diet, and eat what I consider to be healing foods (mostly fruits and veggies...blueberries...Greek yogurt...things I come up with in my head that seem healing...Hershey bars...).
It is a tad disheartening as I look back at this time last year. Training so unsuspectingly for my first 50 mile ultra. Hitting high mileage each week, injury free and feeling great (somewhat tired, but great). Doing triathlons for fun amidst all that mileage...it was a great summer. I want this one to be great too. I've just got to take care of the knee knob.