Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Letter to My Leg

Dear IT Band and Wonky Knee,

I have iced.
I have stretched.
I have foam rolled like a mutha fu&*#.
I have pumped you full of Ibuprofen.
I have yoga'd.
I have rested.

Today I shall run and I will need you to help me. You see my dear little leg, we have a schedule to keep and a really fun few months of running ahead of us and we need to work as a team.

For most of my life, I have always hated you. You are too big, too short and not shapely enough.

But now that I have discovered running...I appreciate you (and your twin sister, my right leg) and all the miles you carry my body through...but I need you to cooperate and work with me here. I promise to be good to you...to be more consistent in my training....to up my mileage slowly and to thank you every single day.

And I'll try to shave you more often, cause ya know...it's going to be getting warm soon. And I'm working on making you skinnier after seeing last weekends photos, sorry bout that.

Much love,


  1. Hang in there! Injuries are a good time to learn patience aren't they? Not like I have any myself, but keep treating yourself to some extra TLC and that leg will repay you. Have you thought about incorporating glute work into your routine? Butt strength helps protect the knees, it may be worth a try :)

  2. Oh my, I know exactly how you feel. Have you tried the full ice bath? Some of the guys on my team have IT band issues that they've kept in check with regular (as in, every day) foam rolling and ice baths.

    And hey, don't be hard on your legs! That's straight up muscle, dear. I'm jealous.

  3. Thanks for the tips girls! Britt, I emailed you!