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I am so NOT a runner...YET!!!!!

Friday, May 06, 2011

Happy Friday evening, all and Happy Early Mother's Day to all you wonderful Spark Moms!

I joined the C25K challenge and I started today. YIKES!!!! For those who don't know I have the oh-too-typical, 1OO pounds too many on your knees pain, but I also have one particularly bad knee{I fell and wrenched it twice on the same day about 2 years ago}. I'm thinking of naming this bum knee and am open to any suggestions. emoticon

I did the walk/run thing at the track at our local college for about the first mile and a half. Then I did about 2 and 1/2 miles for a total of 4. My knee was screaming when I was done and I spent the afternoon walking around the Botanical Garden, which was lovely save the screaming knee. I really want to run. I never had any interest in running, but I have caught a bug since joining SP. So mentally I am there, but am wondering if I need to accept the fact that I may just not physically be there yet. I want to do it if I can, and I don't want to make excuses. But I am limping around tonight in a lot of pain.

I am trying to analyze the pain-is it just soreness or injury type pain? I'm leaning toward injury and trying not to be bummed. Should I give it a day or two and try again? Or should I just stick to what I have been doing? I really don't expect any definitive answer , I'm just trying to figure it out.

The truth is that not everyone can be a runner. If I can't do it today, it doesn't mean that I can't next month or in six months or in a year. I will take it one day at a time and trust that I will do just what God has for me. I will do what I can when I can.

Running will hopefully be in my future, but if it isn't, that's okay too. I will be strong and fit and healthy and awesome, whether walker or runner!!!!

Be blessed and Spark on, dear friends!!!!
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    I would like to run also. I run a couple minutes here and there when I am out for my walks. I would let your knee rest as far as running goes. Walking would accomplish your goals, and let your knee heal. You'll get there, just take it slowly.
    2538 days ago
  • JOMAMA516
    I hope your knee feels better! I used to run (when I was 12 years younger and 100+ lbs lighter) and hope to get back to it someday. I know that I'm not ready for it now but I know I'll get there. Maybe your knee is telling you it doesn't wanna run right now! I would try to rest the knee a bit until it's back up to par and then maybe when you feel ready just try a short distance. Maybe even start with a spurt of jogging...then walking....and just keep alternating to get in the swing of things. That's what was recommended to me by a close friend of our family that runs daily. So when I do feel good enough to do it I'll be easing in.....VERY slowly! Lol

    Hope your knee gets to feeling better!!!! emoticon
    2538 days ago
  • LENKA763
    You go girl...but I'm not sure I can follow.
    I got better at running but for me running is for emergency purpose only:)
    2538 days ago
    You really inspire me. I've been flirting with running recently. I'm not sure I'm quite ready yet, but I'm inching in that direction.

    Take care of yourself, Sue!
    2538 days ago
    Ok, i have a lot to say on this particular subject. i am a medical massage therapist, I am also a runner at heart, although I don't have the greatest consistency. I ran a half-marathon in 2009 weighing 243lbs. Soooo here goes, why did you run/walk 4 miles on your first time out? (If i am reading that correctly) that is too much, too soon. Your body needs time to acclimate to new demands. As for your knee pain, did it get worse as the run went on? Or did it get better? if it got worse as the run went on the 'rule of thumb' is that is an injury. If it got better, that is typically a normal soreness issue. if it is an injury and you have access to a pool (given the swim suit, I thought you might) you can do pool running to improve your cardiovascular endurance and muscle without putting stress on the joint. You use a belt in the water, I can give you more info on this if you'd like...i used pool running quite a bit during my half-marathon training. Also if it is an injury, ice ice ice. And rest, rest, rest. If you want more info just message me, i'd be glad to go onj and on and on about this as I loooooove this topic! emoticon
    2539 days ago
    Listening to your body is a hard thing to do when you have a goal. I am training for a 1/2 marathon and I have had a nagging pain in my left quad/knee for awhile now. After a 4 mile run on Thursday I knew that I needed a break. Today is a gorgeous day here after weeks and weeks of rain and it is killing me to not go for a run! But in the long run, I want to stay healthy and be able to continue my weight loss. The 1/2 will have to wait. Give yourself a break, do some strength training for your legs, and try again when you think you're ready. Walking lunges are a great way to strengthen your knees and quads without much impact...just make sure to keep your knee at a 90 degree angle when lunging, because any farther can hurt you more! Now, can I listen to my own advice and stay off my knee today? :-) good luck to you!!
    2539 days ago
    How about "Screaming Knee-mi". emoticon You're too cute. I like to name things too. My car is "Moses". But maybe you should give it a positive name so it can live up to it's name.... how about "Miracle".

    I'm so proud of you for everything! You constantly surprise and delight me. Keep up your amazing progress! Love & hugs, Jodee

    2540 days ago
    I think you are doing the right thing by listening to your body. Hurting knees are no fun and will only get worse if not taken care of. Maybe some rest and ice on it will help?
    2540 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    When I first started the C25K, I did 2 pre-C25K weeks. Wk 1 run 30 sec/walk 90. Wk 2 run 45 sec/walk 90. Then started the regular C25K program. You might want to try that.

    For the first 2 weeks, I had a LOT of knee pain. Like you, I wondered if I was injuring myself. I used lightweight knee support for about 3 weeks. They helped support the knee while I was building muscle.

    Also, for pain reduction: Stretch after your run, not before. Do not skip the stretch! Elevate and Ice your calves/knees for 15 minutes after a run. Take an IBprofin before heading out.

    Having said all that... I do not feel your pain & you are the only one who can judge how it feels.
    2540 days ago
    move forward and you will make it. emoticon
    2540 days ago
    I'm not a runner...YET...either! I think I want to be. I know there are a lot of people on SP who run/jog before they've lost their weight. I don't have any advice for you. I too have knee pain so am waiting a bit until I get some of my weight off. Hopefully a runner will have some suggestions for you. I know ITSHOWYOULIVE is a runner. BEST WISHES on your new interest!

    2540 days ago
    emoticon Susan!!! emoticon
    You DID do it! ....I'd leave the future in His hands....and keep trying. I know He will show you the way to go. emoticon
    2540 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    DONE GIRL, keep on going.
    2540 days ago
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