Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Checking In

Well, running has been tough lately. When my running suffers, so does this blog. My left knee continues to bother me. I know the main way back from this problem is strength training, but I've been predisposed to hang out with my daughter. She's almost 6 months old, which means she's getting more active and increasingly more fun to play with. So I'm much more motivated to get home as soon as possible. Tie that in with the fact that finding time for my other passion--reading--and I've had a difficult time lacing up. With the weather warming up and more daylight (during my waking hours, at least), there is a little more time to play with. For starters, I made it out yesterday for a short 3-miler and today I'm going to do some biking.

Also, I've received a number of emails from folks reading this blog...I sincerely hope to respond to them this week.


Karen said...

I have been reading runner's blogs for a couple of hours now and I ran across yours.

I hope you feel better very soon! Sore knees are a terrible thing to deal with. I know. I have them, too.

Terry said...

Sorry to hear about the sore knee. Hopefully it will pass and you will be back at it! I'm looking forward to better weather as well.


StudentofLife said...

Hi there,

Great blog! I love your attitude. As an athlete and having been through some nasty accidents, I have a good acquaintancew with injuries. I've started using a method called the 'Egoscue Method' and have had amazing results. I urge you to check it out. If you are interested in learning more, I write about it quite a bit on my blog at:

Good luck and keep on truckin',

Jael said...

I'm looking for a real person to help me with my mental block against running. I'm 32 years old and I've never "run" before, except since I've been attempting to with short, very short, less than a mile jogs. I've trained this way off and on for about a year and a half.

The main problem I have is that once I start running, I really feel, after just a few minutes, like I'm going to die. I know I'm not, but the harder I push against it, the more I feel like my arms and legs become dead weight against me. It is infuriating and depressing at the same time. I resolve in my mind ahead of time that I'm going to run, say a mile. Then I get out there and can barely run 1/3 miles without going into a panic for air, for life itself.

Just think of it as: I'm asking a bunch of lay people, anyone who reads this blog, who runs, to help a severely disturbed wannabe runner who refuses to give up, but can't seem to get started.

I'm in fair physical shape. I weigh around 120 lbs, but I'm only 5' 2. I've had six children, but that shouldn't stop me. If anything, I should be stronger from forcing them from my being! I really believe this is a mental problem, not a physical one. How do I persuade myself to do this?



Anonymous said...

Nice blog you have going here, sorry about the knee. My right knee almost had it last weekend. I picked up running not too long ago. I had a knee injury too. I was not strong enough to run last weekend in a half marathon but couldn't resist. I went and join San Diego's America's Finest City Half Marathon. I finished in 2:47:20. My knee suffered. I won't be able to run anymore until I finish with my rehap. Good luck everyone.

Pain Free Runner said...

Sorry about your knee pain. I have suffered for years with runner's knee (patellofemoral syndrome) and even stopped running for a several years. I tried a new orthosis/brace that realigns the upper and lower leg so the knee cap can track correctly in the femoral groove, stops pain and helps to rehabilitate the knee. The brace is light weight and comfortable. I am now running over 3 miles pain free. I ordered the brace on line at the website: I found the website very informative and helpful. I wanted to pass on this information so I can help others with knee pain continue to run.

Patrick Kallie said...

Man, I know that knee pain can be tough. I had that same problem with runner's knee. It was hard for me to take a break to let it heal because I love to run so much.

What I did was buy a good knee brace from Academy. I was back to normal in about 2 weeks.

Good luck!

E.J said...

If you get injured again, and are itching to get back to running, you might want to try the GlideCycle. It is a cross trainer that provides low-impact for your legs as you run. Their website is packed with videos of people using it to help them get back to running again after injuries. It helped me.