Originally posted by michelle95gt
IT band? my sister said all the marathons have problems with that. she had problems with her hips too and now my left hip is starting to ache a bit and i can hear it crack when i run!! ouch!
ITB syndrome is a little different than typical runner's knee.
Runner's knee is usually associated with the breaking down and wearing away of cartilage underneath the knee cap. The cartilage basically becomes sandpaper and the kneecap can't track properly causing pain.
ITB is associated with the band that runs down your thigh to your lower leg, on the outside of the knee.
Now, a weak or tight ITB can cause runner's knee, because your knee isn't tracking smoothly, eventually wearing out the cartilage under the knee.
A good stretch for the ITB is to stand up, cross one leg behind the other and lean sideways into a wall. This may help with your hip as well, since the ITB runs all the way from the hip to your knee.
With the hips also, most running surfaces (unless you are running trails or grass) will have a camber to it for drainage (some more apparent than others). Thus, one leg will always be a little "shorter" than the other. If you run in a circle, instead of out and back, one leg will always be slightly higher, getting more of an impact.
When I run, I usually run out and back on streets. When I run out, my left leg is to the curb, when I run back my right leg is to the curve.
I've always had problems with my ITB.