I think the reason I get it is likely because of the curved shoulders of the roads I’m forced to run on. I tend to have one leg stepping lower than the other, which is a recipe for ITBS. Oddly enough, the first time I had it was in my right knee. Now I have it in my left.
So what do I do from here? I don’t really know. I’ll probably stretch it out, run on grass, do some hip-strengthening exercises, and hope for the best.
To add to that, however, I have just a few more rules for myself:
• Never run dehydrated—it’s a recipe for injury. Make sure you’re peeing white before you go out.
• Never kick yourself when you’re down. It’s okay to do two runs back to back if they’re both EASY runs, but it’s not okay to do a hard-easy. It’s compulsive, and it’s another ingredient on that recipe for injury.