I found out the extremely hard way various strength training exercises are vital for a balanced body for running. Before ITBS, I was only hitting the weight room and doing the same exercises over and over again. Just weights. I'd throw in Pilates here and there, but nearly enough, as it turned out. I battled ITBS for 2 years, during which I started seeing a chiro and learned how out of whack my body was. I got a cortisone shot after nothing was working, and I got prescribed PT and recommended to Airrosti. The shot didn't do jack but Airrosti worked wonders. And after a year at PT, I struck out on my own after my July appointment this year. They said it was a matter of strength training so I took that to heart. So what am I doing?
Pure Barre. That's right, I'm one of the Pure Barre people now and I love it. The first class what such a challenge, but right away I could feel it targeting my weak spots. The "seat" and my hips. PB is a full-body workout so my weaknesses aren't the only spots it works, but I feel it the most in those areas. I'm also not as strong as I thought, so it's been a good ego check, but a fun one (if that makes sense) because I love a challenge.
At-home DVD workouts. I've built up a pretty good (I think) DVD collection at home and have been focusing more on these workouts that your traditional weight room workout. I still do weights every other Sunday, but that's only one kind of workout I'm doing. Weights, Pure Barre, and body-weight exercises with small weights. Workouts like the Iron Strength workout and a little workout called Butt Lift. This one is a part of the 10-minute workout lineup, which is great because I usually end up doing two workouts when I put this in the DVD player.
It does have an abs workout as a bonus selection, but the other 5 sequences focus on the glutes and hips. All of the exercises can be done at home, so I shift the coffee table around to have enough room to do them.
I do still have my yoga and Pilates DVDs, but Butt Lift and Iron Strength is making me work on the weak areas, which I'm loving. Between weights, Pure Barre, Iron Strength, Butt Lift, and other core workouts, it's no wonder I've shifted to running two times a week instead of 3, so I can strength train 3 days a week instead of 2. All of which is starting to pay off. Yes, I think I have runner's knee, which means I need to strengthen my quads a little bit more, but that's good to know too. It's still trial and error, but I feel myself getting stronger and making slow progress with my mileage build up.
Tuesdays on the Run with April, Patty, and Erika.