I have ITBS. That stands for Iliotibial Band Syndrome. 12% of all long distance runners get it. (Sounds kind of cool to be included in that running group) It is a pain located on the outside of my left knee caused by over use of a muscle that is connected to my lower leg bone, under my knee, from my hip. My Doctor says that an athlete (like that term) is unable to "run through" ITB pain. When one runs or walks, this joint rubs on a natural liquid "washer". However in my case, it becomes inflamed and hurts. This started two weeks ago and has gotten worse. However, it is short term (good news!) and can be helped by physical therapy. So, I have decided to take it easy a bit, see my physical therapist, and still hope to run May 10, Lord willing, and may have to run through the pain if it shows up on race day. Pray for healing that I may reach my intended goal on May 10, 30 days away! Thank you all.
Ken Van, the running man.