ORN: 3 miles, no watch
David asks in a comment today “Tell us how it feels on your ITBs when the massage therapist puts his/her fingers to the connective tissues. Do you feel/hear the popping?”
Oh my. Did I ever.
I’ve never had a massage before, so I didn’t really know what to expect. When I shook hands with the guy this afternoon, I felt like my hand disappeared into his. The grip was amazing. His forearms looked like Popeye. This will be different.
I plopped onto the table and he started working my right ITB. He seemed a little surprised, yet pleased, that I knew a bit of what I was talking about. He worked up and down the ITB, pressing hard. Most of it was OK. Then, David, yes, he did find one dandy knot, one adhesion, one spot of real “popping” on the ITB, just above knee-level.
“Yep, that’s a good one,” he said. “The rest of your ITB is tight but all runners have tight ITBs. The problem is in that knot.”
So we talked a lot about stretching, warm up, cool down, shoes, racing. He thought most of my plan made sense, though he encouraged a longer cool down and more stretching at the end of my runs. Further, that the cool down length is proportional to the time I run. Seemed to make sense.
Will it help? We’ll see. I had a decent 3 mile run this morning. Run a mile, walk a minute; seemed to work. Mostly it was great just to be out in the dark at 5:30am. Running. Like back to a rhythm, sorta, again. The knee hurt some but not bad later in the morning. A couple of ibuprofen seemed to set that straight.
We’ll see how the rest of the week goes.
Oh, one more thing…how about the Super Bowl? We are in a unique location, halfway on a direct line between Indianapolis and Chicago. The Bears-Colts game will have us hopping for two full weeks now!!