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Sunday, July 07, 2013

Back in March I started having problems with my knees. I have "Jumper's Knee", or also known as "Runner's Knee", where the knee cap doesn't track quite right. Mine is probably from karate; it predates my running. I can go for long stretches of time without any issues at all and then something will set it off.

In March I think it was because my shoes had reached the end of their running life before I was expecting it. I still finished 2 HMs in March but it was getting worse so I dropped out of the Paris Marathon at the beginning of April, deciding it was best to let my knees get over themselves instead of trying to power through 26.2 miles and ending up with a DNF and/or a more serious injury.

The correct decision but it still chaps my backside something fierce that I am a mere mortal after all. emoticon

Anyway, I rested in April and in May my knees felt good again so I started running again. Until 5/14 when the pain hit again, in the right knee, bad enough that I spent the next few days limping. Sidelined again, although this time I have no one to blame but myself.

You know how one of the suggestions on SP for fitting exercise into your day is to do wall push-ups or lunges or something during your bathroom breaks? Well, I was having an awful lot of bathroom breaks back in May so figured I would kill 2 birds by getting fitness minutes AND strengthening my legs to protect my knees by doing squats. In heels. emoticon

Just for the record...bad idea, don't do it. This is where my Mom would have said "Do as I say, not as I do".

So back to walking/hiking for the next several weeks. At the beginning of June I started very cautiously running again. With run/walk intervals, going pretty slow even by my standards.

So far, so good (knock on wood). I'm working on getting my endurance back, and building up my miles and speed. So my plan for this month is to run about 3 miles or so twice per week with my LSR per the marathon training plan every Sunday.

For the past month I've run a little farther each Sunday before starting the walk/run intervals. I have now eased on up to a 6 mile run; the other 5 miles on the schedule today were walk/run, although mostly walk with only 1 of the 5 running.

's ok. Miles are miles and there is plenty of road.
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    I have the exact same knee condition. Believe me, if you train your stomach muscles every day you can nearly eliminate it. You want to have such a strong stomach that that strength transfers to your running and your karate.

    Or you could end up in 6 months of physical therapy like I did.

    I've also noticed that anytime I'm sitting still without my feet completely on the ground, it gets WAY worse. I think another nickname for it is "movie-goer's knee" for that reason.

    Take care and happy training! I find your energy inspiring!
    1801 days ago
    Heels? What are those? To me doing anything in heels will cause me trouble.
    No trouble from running, just those shoes I spent too many decades in.

    Good advice to listen to your body and come back stronger.
    1810 days ago
    My husband's doctor told not to run unless the house was burning down...
    1810 days ago
    Squats in heels!!!! Welcome to the land of's really not such a bad place to be.
    1811 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Yikes-you are Mortal after all. Oh well, face it, it is better than the alternative.
    emoticon emoticon
    1811 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    Our minds are younger than our bodies....that's why we have to listen to our body. I thinki am 20 and my body sure tells me otherwise!!!!
    1811 days ago
    Tell me it ain't so! FFK is mortal??

    Maybe a super mortal,
    certainly not "mere"!
    1811 days ago
  • COOP9002
    It's always good to listen to our bodies. Sometimes they speak to us softly, but if we don't listen, then they scream loudly. Hope you heal quickly.
    1811 days ago
    I hate it when I get all mortal like that. ;) Be well!
    1811 days ago
    It can be hard to stop and listen when our bodies are speaking! I bet the Paris marathon will still be there next year waiting, and the year after! Very smart! Good luck!
    1811 days ago
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