This question was submitted via our Ask a TMS Therapist program. To submit your question, click here. Question Hi, In short, here's my story: I was an avid runner for 15 years, then developed crippling IT band syndrome five years ago,( add some significant stressors at the time,) and the acute running " injury" turned into a chronic pain pattern of hip, low back pain which was pretty intense at times. I had a lot of fear and anxiety and was really shaken up for several years. I stopped running , desperately did all the tests and all the conventional and alternative treatments for 4 years to no avail, and only since I found this site and entered into therapy and read and followed your program that I have significantly improved. I really am so thankful to have found this site! I am almost pain free most of the time! In the meantime, I have always been doing gradually increasing exercies -mild strengthening , stretching and recumbent bike and walking aerobics pretty consistently and thus am in pretty good shape --all the time improving in my pain and feeling better. But here's the crux of my question--Because I have been feeling so good, I decided to try running again today for the first time in five years. I was soooo excited but also a little wary. I wanted to feel like my normal self again. In any case, after doing a very mild first "run" ( run one minute, walk two minutes for thirty minutes) I soon developed the exact same pain pattern that I had 5 years ago. The same IT issues came up with the knee pain and hip pain, such that I am limping now with an ice pack on my knee! Not bad pain, but noticeable. Is it my TMS? Is my body just programmed to developed this pain pathway? Or is my body just not meant for running ( every test has come back negative).? I guess it's hard to know whether to keep gradually at this mild running regimen as some have suggested ( knowing it is likely fear and TMS?) or stop while I am ahead and keep with my regular non-running routine? Any thoughts? Thanks so much for any help. I certainly don't want to go backwards!