Just out of curiosity, how do you guys recommend reintegrating running sessions with ongoing strength training?
Don't want to hijack the thread, but I think this issue could be a lot of help to the OP too. I've been managing intermittent IT band issues in my left leg on-and-off all year, so I have a little experience but now that I'm hitting the off-season I want to deal with it properly. I agree that proper strength training is key and I've found lateral leg raises and clamshells seem to hit the spot. Although Power13 is correct, form is key, there's absolutely no point in doing it if your form isn't right and you're not hitting the right muscles.
So if I'm doing gluteus medius specific strength training twice daily (morning and evening), should I skip a session leading up to a run so that this muscle is somewhat recovered beforehand? It seems odd to do all that strength training and then ask that muscle to do a better job when it's fatigued than it was doing previously when it was fresh?
Good luck to the OP, hope it clears up soon.
My $.02.....If you can tolerate some light, easy running....do it. But the second you feel pain, stop. Plan short, multilap routes for your run so you can easily walk back if you need to.
I liked doing some of the exercises BEFORE I ran to "wake" the glutes up and get them firing. One other thing I did (and I have no clinical evidence to back this up, and could be 100% correlation, not causation) was to actively fire my glutes when I was walking around the house / office / wherever. As I waled, I would think about squeezing my glute with each step. You really want those muscles firing when you run instead of being passive. I would also walk about .2 mile before I ran, actively firing my glutes as I walked.
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