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knee pain - new shoes help but don't solve the problem

Monday, June 17, 2013

Well, my new shoes from my last blog post ended up being too small so I returned them for a larger size. They didn't have the larger size in stock, so I had to wait a while. I finally got them this weekend and was able to take them out for their first run this morning!

Maybe its weird, but I decided to start a personal journal today too, to write about my runs. It occurred to me that the shoes I just retired have seen me through a lot of miles, and I would like to be able to remember my experiences better. Maybe gain some insight into what affects my running performance, or just to look back at later to see where I was now.

My journal today talks about the knee pain I have been experiencing and how my new shoes (Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13) are supposed to be supportive to reduce my over pronation. They are!! But I noticed today that my knee is still tracking to the inside of my gait, so I set out to find some exercises to strengthen my hip abductors so that I can maybe run without such a wobbly knee. I ran across the Myrtl routine, and did it today after running, and it feels like it will make a big difference. I felt it especially in the lying leg lifts and the "fire hydrant" (lol).

Yoga is helping me to keep my hips stretched out which also is a big improvement.

I remember how badly my hips hurt last year, and it seems like I'm just down to fine tuning now. Progress!!

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MJREIMERS 6/17/2013 7:52AM

    I'm dealing with the IT band issue. I also just bought new shoes that seem to help some. I've been using a tennis ball, instead of a foam roller, to massage my IT band and doing side leg lifts.

I hope you figure out what needs to be done to help you run without pain. I know I'm looking forward to that day, too.

Hang in there!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/17/2013 7:47AM

    I was just about to post what Bluenose did. IT tightness can cause other issues.

I wear Brooks Adrenalines too.

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BLUENOSE63 6/17/2013 7:17AM

  When my knee is experiencing a pulling sensation or dull ache, I know my IT band on that side needs to be stretched out especially at the side of the leg where it ends.

Perhaps this is what you are experiencing?

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Getting Real

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Big changes for me. A few weeks ago, I got a job in Germany that starts in August - which means I am not just starting a new job, but I'm also moving and changing countries!! (I'll be teaching physics at a high school in Thuringia).

The stress of change and of dealing with the logistical and practical arrangements, ON TOP of my normal stress of working(ish) on my PhD and doing my current job means that I have been SERIOUSLY SLACKING!!!!

My running is down to about once a week, as is my yoga. I haven't been tracking my food or drinking enough water, which means I've been less than fantastic diet-wise.

On top of this, my cousin visited for a week, and I took that as a gigantic, blank-check excuse to drink a lot of beer and wine and eat all of the tourist food (chocolate, crÍpes, waffels, fries, beer... everything Belgium is known for.... not exactly health food!).

Luckily, I walked around a lot with her while she was being a tourist - and she's a runner, so we did go for one morning run.... so it wasn't all hedonistic decadence - but close.

SO - I'm taking responsibility for poor decisions, and getting back at it! I went running this morning and I'm going to yoga tomorrow. I ate really really well today (including a lovely glass - but just one - of red wine in the sun). I picked up new running shoes. I put too many miles on my old ones!!!!!! (what?? who am I?) They started rubbing my toes and one of my toenails fell off because of it (gross!!). New shoes is totally motivating, because good shoes are not cheap, and I am not rich (teacher, remember?)!

I weighed in: gained 2 lbs (but I guess I gained 3 total and then lost 1). Not bad, and I'm happy I "caught" myself before it slipped into 20 - hey, it has happened to me before (read my profile).

It's a new day!

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ERIC_ANDREW 6/5/2013 3:33PM

    Also sprichst du deutsch denn? emoticon

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LIV2RIDE 6/5/2013 11:36AM

    Congrats on the new job! Super exciting. And a big Congrats on catching yourself before packing on more lbs and getting too far away from your goals. That is HUGE!! emoticon

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KELLYSWIMS12 6/5/2013 8:08AM

    Congrats on the job!!!! So exciting!

It's good that you were able to enjoy yourself when your cousin visited... and look at you! You were able to catch the weight before it got out of hand! I, too, have been known to slip back into old habits after a weekend of indulgence rationalizing that it's "just one more day" before I get back at it -- and you caught yourself before going there! Way to be!

And about running -- awesome that you need new shoes!! I bought a new pair a few months ago and my toes have started rubbing too -- I can't get a new pair already though these aren't that old yet! And about your comment on my blog: I know!!! I can't believe we're runners either!!! Craziness to think that a year ago I could barely run 90 seconds and now I'm running 5K's! So cool!!!

(I think this is Deutschland's flag, no? Ha, such a bad German student)

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MAPPLEBUM 6/4/2013 11:26PM

    Ahh!! Sounds like it was a lot of fun and totally worth the 2 lbs. Congratulations on your new job and all the changes that entails, that's huge! You're going to have a great time. Make sure to go easy on yourself, these are big changes. You're going to do great. emoticon

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10k, new goal, new focus

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Well, I "ran" my first 10K last weekend! My partner organized it with her work, and it was a fundraiser for Duchenne's Syndrome (her boss' son has it). It was totally fun! It was a trail run, so there was a lot of terrain and up and down hills. I walked the "uphill" parts - and think I ran about 3/4ths of the race and walked the rest. We ran through a little village and a lot of farm land. We saw lots of cows and the first flowers of spring!

I came in dead last! haha. I consider it a public service, really.... someone has to do it!! :-)
I did it in 90 minutes. Not to shabby for my first 10K - with a pretty rough terrain and walking the uphills!

New goal ----
I reached my first goal, which was 149 lbs - putting me in the "normal" BMI range, but at the top. So I've decided to set a new goal - 140 lbs. This will put me squarely in the middle of "normal" I've decided to dedicate the entire summer on these 9 lbs - because I want to focus on strength training and building much more muscle. (I just did some push ups and yesterday I did an ab exercise - ouchie today).

I'm still going to be running, and working up my endurance to be able to run a full 10K without breaks - and doing interval training to work up my speed.... but I'm going to focus more on strength training on my off-days.

I also need to get back to tracking my food. I am back to "guessing" how many calories I am eating, and I want to make this more precise. I also want to focus (and see on paper) on eating healthier foods and much more greens.

That's all for me for now! How is everyone else doing? Happy Spring!!!

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PINKHOPE 5/7/2013 1:13PM

    Kelly - Impressive RUN! WOW! Who cares if you were dead last your finished and you came in ahead of all the people that never started the race! Well Done. Great Cause too! emoticon

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KELLYSWIMS12 5/6/2013 8:36AM

    Yahoo! Awesome job in the 10K and weight so far Kelly! I ran my first 5K last weekend and it was fun! Right now I'm just continuing to train for more 5K's since I'm not sure I'm ready for more than that yet. That's so awesome you've reached your weight loss goal and set another--and good point about taking the summer to complete it! Get it girl!

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New Goal

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

So I'm finding myself very close to my weight loss goal. I'm not sure where to go from here.

Back when I set that goal, I couldn't imagine being any thinner than that. But now that I have more or less hit it, I feel I could lose a few more pounds.

So I'm asking myself, "what should my goal be?"

Should I reset my goal from 149 to 145 pounds? (I'm 5'4", but I have a "large" skeletal frame)

Should I keep my goal at 149 and enter maintenance with the goal to gain more muscle and become more toned?

Should I shift my focus to a lifestyle focused on fitness goals instead of weight?

I'm thinking maybe I should work on all 3 goals at once. Shift into maintenance, work on building muscle, and see where my body goes....

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MICHELLE8182 4/17/2013 11:18AM

    Congrats!!!!! When I was at my goal, I thought I could lose a lot more (like 20 lbs), but then couldn't and became very frustrated. I think that it depends how you'll react personally, but looking back now on how I did, I would say that your idea of shifting into maintenance/building muscle/seeing what happens is a great way to approach it! Good luck:)

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ERIC_ANDREW 4/17/2013 8:17AM

    Have you done measurements? One of my running coaches has been doing some serious strength training over the last year and has lost a lot of fat but has gained serious muscle. She is now 6 pounds heavier than she was before, but her measurements are now quite a bit smaller.

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AUNTB63 4/16/2013 5:31PM

    Agreeing with both the previous comments. I personally would focus on fitness and see what happens over the next two weeks or so....than change that up if need be. Congrats on your accomplishments. YOU are doing great. emoticon

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CHERIJ16 4/16/2013 3:07PM

    I am 5'4" like you and my end goal is 145. I am still 15 pounds away from that goal so it still feels like a long way off! Congratulations on your loss. I agree with Bookaphile though. You are the only person who can make that call. Good luck! emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 4/16/2013 11:09AM

    Only you can decide what's best in your case. I've been transitioning to maintenance for 3 weeks, and I am now 2 pounds lighter than I planned to be. Finding the right balance of calories and exercise to keep the weight stable is a skill I'm working on.

Good luck whatever you decide!

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

My parents were visiting us for the last 2 weeks, and we took trips to Barcelona and Normandy. Aside from a few pastries and a little too much wine, we all were very good about keeping to our diets!!

My dad and my partner rode bikes all over Barcelona, and all three of us went for an early morning run.

My mom recently got a fancy pedometer (this one
) and it was her goal to reach 10000 steps a day. So while dad and my partner were off biking, my mom and I were walking all over the place. We walked hours a day, visiting museums and exploring the city. Most days, we easily exceeded her goal.

We had a great time (aside from the bed bugs on our first night in Barcelona - ew! ), and I lost 1.7 lbs over the holiday! I just heard from my mom that she lost 2 lbs over the holiday. We're pretty pleased with ourselves that we kept things under control on vacation.

We carried a lot of food and snacks with us. So we were never without a banana or some unsalted nuts. We also carried water bottles around to stay hydrated.

It was fun to work with my whole family to be healthy on vacation. And now, I am only 0.7 lbs away from my goal weight!!

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TWEETYKC00 4/16/2013 9:30AM

    Sounds great!

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