I trained for and completed the Boston Marathon April, 2017… I overtrained and injured my knee and IT Band. I had to get cortisone shots, etc. just to walk. Looking online for an alternate way to train, I ran across the Bionic Runner and thought it might be a great alternative… Wow! It felt so good to be almost running again. No one can explain how it feels to not run after training 50+ miles per week for years. I felt empowered again and a sense of joy came back into my life.
- Steve Chefan
ILIOTIBIAL BAND SYNDROME - what are my options
ITBS sucks. You run you aggravate it. You rest you detrain. But read on, there is a great option so you can train and not aggravate your ITBS.
What is ITBS
The IT band can become inflamed when it rubs along the femur, and is especially troublesome if you up your mileage too quickly. As with most nagging injuries, you can prevent a full blown flare up if you back off as soon as you feel a twinge… but backing off means no running, and no running feels, well, lame.
You Rest; you Detrain and lose all your hard work
When an injury requires that you stop training suddenly, the effects on your overall fitness and wellbeing are dramatic and rapid. After just 21 days of inactivity, VO2 max declines by 7%. After 56 days, VO2 max declines by 16%. Left ventricular hypertrophy drops by 20% in just a few short weeks. Mature athletes are already fighting an uphill battle, as we lose muscle mass with age. Maintaining strength and muscle fiber are keys to maintaining a long, active, life. By 65 years of age, we are statistically likely to be carrying up to 30% less muscle mass than we did in our twenties. Injury recovery can become not only a setback due to the injury itself, but to our overall wellness by deconditioning the whole body.
Regaining that lost ground while also rehabilitating an injury is an unnecessary waste of time when tools like Bionic Runner are available. By training with a running-specific movement, you don’t have to be sidelined by common injuries.
Running Specific Cross training that won't aggrevate your ITBS
Bionic Runner specifically recruits and stresses the same muscles as running. Its unique ability to drive your heart rate into running zones, along with the Bionic Runner’s 60:40 swing vs stance phase timing causes similar physiological adaptations to improve running-specific fitness. Because it is non-impact it is gentle on injuries. Its closed kinetic chain means that you cannot overstride and cause strains. The unique pivoting pedal means that your foot, ankle, knee and hip are always at the correct angles. These features combine to give you a challenging, running specific workout for times when you cannot run.
Instead of sitting on the couch waiting for inflammation to subside, you can maintain or even improve your cardiovascular fitness while allowing your IT band to calm down.
I com pleted my first half marathon in January and will be taking on my first full marathon in January 2018. I started Bionic Running because of the injuries that I was getting from regular training. I had a severe IT band problem and had issues with plantar fasciitis. Since I have begun using the Bionic Runner the PF is almost non-existent and I don't have the IT problem anymore.
- Michael Maheu