So yesterday’s run concluded with that bit of tightness in my outer knee that I’ve learned to associated with ITBS. Although it was a hill run and a bit longer (4.5 miles) than I’ve been doing lately, I’m still a bit worried. I think that I need to get more actively involved in rehabbing this thing, not just sitting back and icing and taking Ibuprofen and waiting for it to go away. (I was hoping that the new shoes would help more than they seem to, though. Oh well.)
This morning I started trying a set of exercises that I found here. I’m going to alternate those with a set of core stability routines I read in Runners World a while ago. While the first set of exercises seems tailored to my particular problem, I have noticed that since I stopped my core routine at the start of rowing season I don’t feel as centered or stable on runs, particularly long ones, and I wonder if that has something to do with my knee problems. Anyway, its frustrating to have these problems, but hopefully some additional strength and stability will go at least part of the way to mitigating them.