Apologies to everyone who has the misfortune to read this blog; yes, I am a little drunk - let's take out the "little" from the sentence, just to be on the safe side. Also, apologies go to the great Bard himself... sorry I misquoted you in every sense of the word.
So as this is MEANT to be a running blog, I had to think of something I could write about that involved running and not something I thought was "about running" as I headed for my fourth glass of wine. For example; white rabbits, mad hatters.. Doctor Who and toilets... No idea what most of that relates to running, but hey, I am a little tipsy here.
Be right back... that idea about the toilets is a bit of a predominant thought...
Okay, where was I? Oh yes ITBS, or IT Band Syndrome.. or maybe even "I talk B**l S**t" which is probably a more accurate reflection of this blog post.
I am suffering from a bout of ITBS at the moment. I think it is ITBS, but having never really suffered it before I am not really sure. I have "googled" it; I have checked the "on-line MD" sites, and I am still confused. It looks like ITBS, it feels like ITBS, but it behaves "like ITBS that has taken a part-time job in the very select 'knee malady' store in Hollywood and only works once a day if it is lucky".
I have just realised that that previous paragraph makes no sense to anyone except me and that isn't saying much. So here is the real problem. I have a pain that radiates around the side of my knee. It is aggravated by running; especially if I run more than about 5K. I have had it on and off for about a month and it developed as I increased my milage over trails wearing my VFF's. After a run it can hurt to bend the knee from one position to another. I can see the nodding heads from here - that is ITBS.
However, the issue I have is the vagueness of the pain. It doesn't hurt most of the time. In fact I don't feel it. I am a "SAHM", or "Stay at home Mum" to all those without kids. I am on my feet, up and down, going around the twist most of the day. I am ACTIVE for at least 12 hours before I collapse on the sofa with half a bottle of wine. I am not "resting" the injury. Yet, despite this, it doesn't hurt; EXCEPT for about 5 mins between 7:30-8:00PM. If I have a run it may "twinge" a bit more, but we are looking at "twinge" mid-stride as I walk down a mall. After a few more steps it is fine again. The pain I may add is unbelievable. I am not sure if it is down to the unpredictability, but the number of swear words my 5 year old has picked up on in the last couple of weeks is not something a Mum should brag about.
I have followed all the advice from various "NET experts". I have ICED and RICED and cut down on my running. (Which has not made me a happy bunny). I have strengthened every Glute muscle there is, to the point that if there was ever a "walnut restaurant' in the area, I could happily work there. Yet, nope... still, every day, I get an annoying twinge that reminds me that I have body parts below the hips. (Not sure I should have said that).
So is this ITBS? or is it not? Is it just my knee telling me it is still there and I should appreciate it more often, (in a kind of "desperate housewife" senario).
Actually at this point, I am not sure I really care. I will do tomorrow, at about 7PM.. I suppose I should really get it seen to, but for 99% of the day, it doesn't hurt. It's only that annoying few minutes where I feel I should do something about it. Advice please. May I remind you that anything you suggest will be greatly aggravated by the hangover I will suffer when I actually read the comments, so please be kind.
Anyway, rambling post over. Be sure that this post will be severely edited tomorrow morning as I awake red-eyed and grouchy; so if you want to enjoy my humiliation, I suggest you get in there quick.
So Thank You spell-checker... Thank you life, that I have no friends and no-one will now about this post before it is taken down. Thank you the healing power of Red wine. HUGS to you all. (Maybe I should hire myself out as an "Oscar Speech writer"?)
Now my only dilemma now, is more wine or tea? How much more havoc can the internet take in one evening?