Well guys, I'm still feeling sorry for myself. My knee hurts today - not bad, but it definitely is reminding me that I have an injury! I did compress it yesterday and kept it elevated. And I've been taking Ibuprofen to keep the swelling down. I know the main thing I need is to rest it, though, so no running for me for at least a week.
I have been doing a lot of reading on IT Band Syndrome. It seems that one cause could be overly strong quads and underdeveloped butt and hamstrings. Funny, because I was just talking to some people about my center of balance is completely on the balls of my feet. I attribute this to having taken 10+ years of dance classes. Dancers are constantly on the balls of their feet. So I notice even when I'm talking to someone that all my weight is forward.
This is what made it so difficult - and continues to be an issue - for me to do squats. It feels highly unnatural to have my weight back in my heels. So, since squats are usually a no-no with this IT Band issue, when I work legs tonight I'll be concentrating heavily on butt exercises as well as some specific exercises for IT Band issues.
I also bought a foam roller that is supposed to help. I've never used one of these before, but I know people use them for all kinds of muscle issues and it's specifically supposed to help stretch the IT Band, which in combination with strengthening it is supposed to make a difference.
My friend Peggy told me that I need to stop freaking out - it's not like I'm going to get obese if I take a week or two off running. I guess I know this intellectually, but for a black and white thinker like me, I'm either perfect or a disaster. And right now I feel that even gaining 5 pounds would be a DISASTER!!! It's absolutely unthinkable!
And I'm getting into the "What if?" frame of mind. What if this is a chronic condition? What if I have to give up running - my main way to burn calories? It's SO, SO, SO scary for me.
So everyone, please send good vibes my way!