I have been attending an educational series hosted at our local Fleet Feet (sponsored by Mizuno). I have taken some great ideas away from the series already and it isn't finished. Tonight is all about "preventing" upper leg injuries. I say "preventing" because last week it was "preventing" lower leg injuries and the PT talked about what to do if you hurt your ankle/foot and went over some of the more common running injuries; I don't think what he talked about is prevention. The PT said he would cover common ITB, hip, and knee problems; I'm all over that given that my ITB still randomly hurts.
One duh moment I had was during a stretching class and the PT talked about professional athletes. I'm not a professional; I am an amateur runner who happens to love it. Regardless, the PT said that professional athletes always ice after exercising whether they are hurting or not. So, I have started taking 10 minutes after I run to ice my ITB where it connects near my knee (where it always used to hurt). The few hours after running are no longer spent avoiding going up and down stairs because there is no discomfort or pain near my knee and in my ITB. Today, I was running behind and I skipped icing. MISTAKE. I haven't been avoiding stairs, but I can't say I'm comfortable. From now on I'm making sure I have the time to ice and if I don't have time, I'll make it.
Today: 5.46 treadmill run