A couple of months ago, Runners World had an article with a hip strengthening program that goes through four phases, over the course of sixteen weeks. It mentioned that something like 80% of people are pain free after the first 6 weeks. And it also said that it specifically helps IT band syndrome. Which you might know, if you are a long time reader of my blog, that I have struggled with for years.
I started the program. Indeed, by the six week point, I was able to stop using my foam roller on my IT band after runs. I didn't miss it a bit.
Then one day I saw muscles in my legs that had never been there before.
I felt stronger. Faster.
I'm now in Phase 3, and I haven't missed a single day. Each phase is tough the first week - in Phase 2 I had sore hamstrings for days. In Phase 3 I've had sore glutes. But by the end of each phase, I am no longer wobbly on the exercises - I have a new strength.
In March I ran 162 miles. I haven't seen mileage that high since 2008. And I had no complications from it.
I might....just might....even consider running a race again. It's been 2 1/2 years. Do you think I've forgotten how?
Runners World says this program is also very helpful for knee problems and plantar faschitis. . Even if you are not a runner, you might think about looking into it if you have aches and pains in your legs and feet. I've had such great results that I wanted to share with my readers, in case you are looking for something like this too!