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3/30/15 4:40 P

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I have a loud knee from an old injury - I've had issues since 13, so I'm used to the snap, crackle, pop. It bothers me sometimes - gets stiff and has a more limited range of motion, but rarely gives me more than a dull ache.

Good shoes and being shown how to use KT tape properly may help give you some support. Most commercial braces aren't really very helpful, IMO, but an ortho could get you something better (but it will break the bank - it's absolutely ridiculous how much they cost). That being said, if using one from your drugstore, etc. makes you feel better, use it.

If you are going to be walking on pavement, I really recommend that you train some on it. The treadmill is great for giving my joints a break, but it's not the same, and you will likely be in a lot of pain if you are not used to the impact. Start slow, and build up to more.

You may also consider adding some strength training, if you are not now. Lunges, squats and other exercises, assuming that you can do them without discomfort, can help strengthen the muscles around your knee and give you more support. I find that the machines hurt my knees, so I prefer body weight and dumbbells for my lower body ST.

Any sharp pain - see your doctor!

Good luck!

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3/29/15 1:07 P

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Oh, one more thing to add, you mentioned your ankle rolling in...have you been professionally fitted for shoes? That is probably one of the most important things about running - shoes that fit you and work for you gait.

Gloria

"but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31


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3/29/15 1:05 P

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Hi Jamie, I saw on your SparkPage that you are originally from Byron. I am from Fowlerville, but I live in Tennessee now. My "M" is green, not blue, LOL!

I am relatively new to running myself and I am not an expert so can only tell you what has worked for me....strength training is good. Lots of stretching is good. Foam rolling is good. Intervals are good (run one minute, walk two minutes, or some other combination of that - even a 30 second run interval with a 5 minute walk interval is good - do what works for YOU). If you are not getting outside, by all means, do so if you can. I started on my treadmill the previous winter and then when spring hit, I wanted to take it outside. Oh my, I had NO idea how different it would be to run outside. It was like starting over from the beginning. I also want to say, keep up with the good work - it is hard but it is totally possible - I never ran a day in my life, not even as a child (I would just sit and read all the time, I never would run) - now I am running a half in a month - I have had problem knees since I was a little girl and have injured them both, but here I am - if you have pain, by all means, back off and rest, but in my experience, running will help your knees become stronger. Way to go, you are awesome!

Gloria

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3/27/15 11:14 P

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Bet you will finish it. I am only up to two half marathons so far and I walked them both in just over 3 hours. I added in running when I felt like I had reached my maximum speed in walking, and hoping to sign up for a third half this year and do it with some running and under 3 hours. :)

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3/27/15 11:11 P

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My knee bothered me for a while when I started running and I wore a patellar tendon strap which I think helped with the discomfort and prevented further injury. Depending on the brand they cost between $10 & $20. Mine was a Pro-Tec, which is at the upper end of that range. I hardly noticed it while I ran. At the time I was 59 years old, had recently started running, was 5'6" and weighed about 200#s.

With the time allotted you, I don't think you have to worry about finishing. You could walk the entire route and stop for lunch along the way. :)


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3/27/15 9:53 P

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Thank you both for your replies :)

I don't feel any pain unless I speed up on the treadmill. I keep an average of 3 mph, speeding up to 4 in short bursts, and down to 2.5 to cool down and then back up to 3 or 3.5. 4 mph is where it starts to ache (not sharp pains at all).

It is only my left knee also. My right leg seems to be fit as a fiddle compared to my left knee and even my ankle at times.

I'm 46 and 210 lbs. My doctor has stated that I am showing signs of arthritis (by x-ray only) and that I am normal for my age. I have never had an MRI on my knee, but it was suggested to me if pain became more of an issue.

On days I want to give my knee a break, I ride a recumbent bike for an hour and I reach 11 or more miles in that time. I do keep the pressure on 10 for at least 30 of it and slowly back down for the next 30.

I take a GNC Women's Activity 'Pack' daily, plus a Glucosamine-Chondroitin when I remember.

As far as the HM goes, I have 6 hrs and 15 mins. to complete it. Walkers are welcome, but they have to finish in that time. It is on pavement the entire way with water stops at every mile. I do plan on taking walking breaks because I KNOW I will have to. But I will be giving it my all to finish in 4 or 4.5 hours. No pressure.

I'm terrified and excited all at the same time. I do feel a bit of dread that I won't finish. It isn't an option really. I just have to. My absolute biggest fear is my knee, and after that my ankle rolling in.

Any suggestions at all is so helpful and I'm so grateful to you all.

Thanks so much!!!

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3/27/15 6:57 P

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I hope you aren't feeling a lot of pain. IE as I began running recently, intervals with walking, I do have some soreness/knee pain, but not very much. I try to stop when my knee bothers me and am trying to ramp up the mileage slower than I was earlier. Had a one month cold/asthma trouble, that allowed me to start over almost and am taking it a bit slower to avoid the occasional knee pain. So far, so good.

Maybe you should talk to a doctor or physical therapist who can analyze the pain. As when I look up crepitus, they define it is a noise and doesn't necessarily have pain with it, so maybe a discussion with someone in person is in order?

3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes
4/20/13 Neighborhood Watch 5K 39:17.6
10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6
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3/27/15 5:37 P

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Hi Jamie,

Without knowing more about you, I think it would be difficult for anyone to give you a valuable answer. A couple questions that came to my mind were: Are you doing any road-running or are you just using machines? What is your comfortable pace? And, of course what do you weigh and how old are you? Do you plan to take walk breaks during the race.

Different techniques work best for different people. When I started running a few years ago I found I was most comfortable and injury free when I concentrated on posture and pace more than speed. I still do that but I have to remind myself every now and then. It also took a lot of strain off my knees when I developed a mid to front foot strike rather than landing on my heels.

I hope someone more qualified than me jumps in with some technical advice. In the meantime plan on enjoying your first long race.


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3/27/15 5:01 P

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Hello Everyone!

My name is Jamie and I'll be running a 1/2 marathon in May. I'm obese, but have been training since February. I have been doing a mix of treadmill and recumbent bike workouts with the treadmill being the most painful.

Do any of you have recommendations for braces and exercises I can do to prevent injury?

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