Any other newbies want to join my thread?
Saw the physio yesterday, who gave my legs a thorough check over and identified the source of the discomfort as the lateral collateral ligament/iliotibial band, and has advised at least a week away from running, followed by a gentle return to running over short distances on a treadmill to reduce the amount of impact going through the knee joint.There was slightly more sideways movement in the knee joint than is normal, along with some tightness in the iliotibial band, which runs down the outside of the thigh from the pelvis to the top of the lower leg just below the knee
I can continue to use things like exercise bike, cross trainer etc to maintain fitness as they dont put a lot of strain on the knee, as well as making sure I stretch properly before and after exercise, something i'm not always as thorough with as I should be, especially when pushed for time ie during lunch break runs.
This does mean though that I cant do Parkrun this week-end, which is annoying, particularly as i'm working the next 3 saturdays, so cant run it again till 20th August. Better to miss it though than risk a more serious injury.I will still be going to the run though as I can still volunteer to help with setting up, time recording etc
Oh, apparently my right leg is 1/2 inch longer than the left!
How are the runs going? I was meant to run this afternoon but had a horrible headache that has only recently lifted, so will go in morning instead.
Hi Miffy - welcome to the thread. i googled the GNR to see how far it was - my goodness, i had no idea it is a half-marathon - big well done on that, and also on getting back out again. Your story is a bit like mine, in that i was quite happy to plod along for a while after the 5K programme i did, and the week after i fininshed, having ran 30min at a time the previous week, i was rubbish and one day only managed 7 mins - i was disgusted with myself, and realised i need the structure of a traing schedule to keep me motivated and improving. Have you thought of checking out the bridge to 10K? Heres the link so you can have a look - http://blog.c25kapp.com/about-bridge-to-10k/ . Although it brings you back to run/walk, it does build up to running 60mins non-stop in 6wks. Speed wise, i'm slow too, but have read the speed improves with time (heres hoping).
Minty - yay!! well done on your running, and even better news - no pain!! Its good you have that feeling you could've done more - it really leaves you looking forward to the next time.
Cheetah - i so meant to post yesterday to wish you happy birthday, so sorry i'm a day late . Hope you had a lovely day and enjoyed your curry. Bet your all excited with your new cross-trainer too.
Norfolklass - hope your poor sick moggy is doing okay?? Its so worrying isn't it - i have a Westie dog, almost 16, almost blind and deaf, but much loved. Our vet is fantastic and i don't think he would still be alive if it wasn't for her.
Iain - thats good you saw the physio - at least now you know what is wrong, and how you can remedy it. I've seen a few things (can't remember if its been in mags or on the forums) about ITBS and using a 'foam roller' to alleviate symptoms - i've no personal experience with ITBS but you might want to check it out. Its good you are still going to volunteer at the parkrun - cos they wouldn't happen if it wasn't for people volunteering.
JM - how are the runs going for you?
Happy running everyone...........
Minty - I actually WAS enjoying my curry as you were typing, it was reeeeaaalllly nice too! I'm glad your run went well, I LOVE the feeling after a good run!
Welcome to the thread Miffy, I've also finished the beginner programme recently, and at the moment all my runs are around half an hour ish, I'm going to be following what my running club are doing but the last couple of weeks it's been a bit less than my normal runs anyway. 3 miles on Monday though - then I think they add an extra half mile each week. If that doesn't workout for me I might try the plan Snails is following.
Iain - your seeion with the sports physio sounded really useful, pity you can't run, but it's good you can keep fit in other ways (I think I'd explode if I couldn't do anything at all!).
Hi Snails - thank you for the belated happy birthday, the new cross trainer is GREAT! It's a York one, and it does just about everything! It has a heart rate monitor, magnetic resistance, measures body fat, has different programmes you can set, even does BMI (I was wondering why it was asking me for my vital statistics!)
I got a running watch for my birthday from OH - it's not a GPS one but it does interval timing and is a bit sleeker than the clunky thing I got on ebay! (It does heart rate too - so between the watch and the cross trainer I can always check I'm still alive hehe!)
Norfolflass - hoping your cat is OK too (we've got 7 of them so lots of purrs heading your way!)
I've been bad this week and not been for a run since the 2.5 miles with the running club on Monday. I blame the rather generous gin and tonics the curry house were serving me last night, my stomach just could not face being jiggled up and down! I managed a driving lesson though, driving round the city centre which didn't help my poor hungover frazzled nerves - I did OK though!
I'm going to try to get out for a run tomorrow, I should be fully recovered by then - at very least I'm having a proper go on the cross trainer!
For now, I'm off to stretch out on the sofa with a late night movie and a cat or two for company (OH went to bed with a migraine, we're both suffering today lol!)
Hope to be able to report on a run tomorrow!
Nice weather for a run today, not warm and no rain - just nice. Had my first go at the 30min x2 with a 1min walk in the middle. I had some small hills on the 1st 30min and was going to go that way back again, but its a bit hillier and i knew i'd end up stopping, so to avoid that i did a wee detour and my 2nd 30min was all flat.
I am in full admiration Cheetah that you can do a hill at the end of a run. Lucky you getting a running watch too......hope the heart rate alarm wasn't going off when you were doing that last hill, lol
Going now to watch 'the killing'.........anyone else seen it? Tonight is the 4th part.
Enjoy your runs...........xx
Went out this eve and did run 1 / walk 1 x 8 again, and was it was brill again. No pain except bit of a twinge in my right leg after, but nothing serious. I was going a bit faster today. I think when I was running before, with the pain, I was so tense and taking such short strides, it feels liberating to stretch out and sort of relax into it.
Iain - sorry you're going to miss the parkrun for a few weeks, but yes, it's definitely not worth risking and injury for. Your physio sounds good and very thorough. Apparently my right leg is longer than my left. I was wondering this eve whether that causes me to run a bit funny with that leg. It's almost like I skew it a bit so it doesn't catch the floor - I even do it when walking, but only really noticed recently.
Snails - well done on your run today! Sounds great, how did it feel? Sadly haven't been watching the Killing. My parents were raving about the British version, but I always manage to miss the first episode and never quite get round to catching up!
Cheetah - glad you enjoyed your curry (and gin!), and your cross trainer sounds great! I would love one, but we really haven't got a space for it at the mo. Too many kids toys everywhere! I am SOOOOO JEALOUS of your 7 cats!!! (there is no specific smiley for jealously but I thought this green one was very appropriate!) I just LOVE cats. Our beloved Minty (guess where my user name came from?) died last Feb. I would love to get another, but just waiting til my 18 month old daughter is old enough not to make it's life a misery. How did you come to have 7 cats?? You might appreciate this which I came across on Facebook recently: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP4NMoJcFd4&feature=share
Oh and well done on your run today!
Hi Grant, welcome to the thread! Good luck with the plan. It's really motivating how quickly you notice some positive changes even in the first couple of weeks.
Hi, just nipped back in after 'the killing' - minty its available on 4od as well - its my 2nd favourite programme on tv (CSI being the absolute best). Well done on your run - its so good the pain has settled and that you are really enjoying it. How did my run go? - well, it was just as hard as ever, and i was actually thinking as i was going along that it was equally as hard for me at the start doing 1min x8 as it is now doing 30min x2 - it must be because i'm continually pushing myself and just when my body gets used to one time-span its usually time to put it up another notch. Maybe someday i'll be able to post 'i had such an easy run today' (i wish!!).
Hi Grant, welcome to the thread - well done on getting out there for your first session. The more you keep at it, the more used to it you'll get. I honestly never ever thought i'd be able to do what i can now - and thats with no previous running experience. I too found it very tough to start with (and still do as i've just written), but i keep a wee note of my runs and i can see how far i've progressed since April. The running will definitely help with your weight loss - Iains post about his weight loss is very inspiring. I am curious to know - the 1.5mile run for the Army - is this part of the recruitment process and has it to be done in certain time? Wish you well, and look forward to hear how you get on with your running.
Hi snails - the weather was great here too - a lovely cool breeze so I didn't get too overheated for once! I can't do MUCH of a hill at the end (I managed about half of the steep one back home today and just couldn't carry on any further lol!)
The Killing - is that about our new cross trainer? It should be - I'd just finished my shower after my run and OH had the first proper go on it. He was grunting and groaning and panting lots, and he's fitter than me... and I was a bit jealous that he'd had a go and I hadn't.... so I did half an hour (with a break in the middle to gulp water - I was allowed that cos I'd been for a run too hehe!). It really is EVIL!!!! I was only on resistance level 2 - and it made me feel like I do when I'm trying to run up a hill! (a bit like having smoked 20 fags in a row!).
I'm going to persevere with the new instrument of torture - it can only help my running!
Hi Grant - welcome to the thread - and well done on your first run! You'll do the 1.5 mile run no problem by January - and I've lost loads of weight since I started running so that should be no problem either.
Hiya Minty - so glad to hear your run went well again with no pain! As for the 7 cats... Well, I only planned to get the one kitten (Motley - she's 12 now and curled up next to the monitor as I'm typing this!), and then I was meant to be cat-sitting a friend's cat for a week, but he made himself at home and never left (Sparkle). Then I rescued Rosie as a stray kitten who was caught in a thunderstorm - then a friend brought me Ruby who was 7 weeks old and being attacked by her mother (and I couldn't really say no!).
When I met OH he had two cats - Nikki and Blackie, and we eventually moved in together making 6 cats in total. Motley and Nikki have been fighting for the "Top Cat" spot ever since! Then CC decided that she was our cat - she was a stray kitten that turned up in the car park at work, and a couple of the managers were going to call the RSPCA so I saved them the trouble! I'd have more if we had more room.... *crazy cat lady alert!!*
No running tomorrow, I may give the really evil cross trainer another go though (if my legs recover from today)!
Hi everyone, i'm back! Well actually I was back a bit ago but had no internet connection .
Hope everyone's doing ok, I haven't read all of the posts yet but will try to when I have more time.
The good news is i've had no more pain recently and went out for a few light runs but i'm going to start the schedule from the begginin again on Monday. I thought I might aswell start again since I only did 1 week and haven't run for about 2 weeks.
So... have I missed anything important?
Got my run done quite early today so i could avoid the heat. Definitely managed it better today - instead of 30min x2 i did 34min then 26 min - only so i could run via the car park to get a drink, so the drink bit was my 1min walk. Actually, it was easier psychologically doing it that way, cos i knew i'd less minutes to run on the 2nd rep. Next week i'm 'supposed' to do 60min with NO walk break - its already causing me anxiety!! lol!! Maybe i'll do 45min/15min and ease myself into it gradually
Cheetah - definitely recommend 'the killing' though its not very CSI - more just a murder mystery. Do you read much?? - i'm a bit of a bookworm, and love Jeffrey Deaver's books - his Lincoln Rhyme series is very CSI. Saw this article - thought it might settle your mind that you aren't a crazy cat lady, lol - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2017608/The-Lady-With-700-Cats-California-Woman-Takes-Strays-Pioneering-Kill-Sanctuary-Expects-Business-Boom-Landing-Television-Show.html. Hope the link works - it took me so long to type it i've no doubt cross-posted as usual!! Its a nice story isn't it? Minty and Norfolklass will like it too as they like cats.
Hi Tommy - welcome back! Hope you enjoyed your holiday........great to hear you've no more knee pain - clearly resting in the heat on a sun lounger is good for rehab - pity we can't get it on prescription! Not much to report here, except alot of us have had knee/leg niggles, but thankfully are on the mend again. Maybe thats just something that all newbie runners go through.
Enjoy your weekend everyone.....xx
Thanks all for the welcome I've just been out for a pretty unsuccessful run - didn't manage much more than five minutes at a time tonight. Am having sporadic twinges in my knee sometimes, which make me slow then walk for a bit, then i try running again until it twinges again, and so it goes on. It was hurting every time tonight, though it's fine when I walk and is fine now. I don't know why, or whether it's down to the uneven path I run on, but it definitely affects my running.
Snails I have looked at that link - thanks. I think I need to use something to focus and get me back into a structured progression, otherwise I may well not get any better at this lark! I find podcasts really useful - ones that tell me when to run and when to walk - otherwise if I have to keep looking at a watch, it seems to take forever between runs and walk breaks!
Will try again either tomorrow or the next day - got 6 weeks off now - the joys of teaching - so time to focus on improving my running just a tiny bit!
Well, i did my 1 hour run with no walk break - i am ecstatic! For me it was definately a psychological battle as usual - i got to 30mins okay, then started thinking 'i'd usually be getting my wee walk now', and then i thought, stuff this - its only a minute break you can keep on going - so i pretended in my head that i had taken a break and was restarting the 2nd 30min - and it worked!! Just thinking I maybe should have kept that to myself actually cos it sounds like i'm just weird - and i promise i'm not, lol
Miffy - you are soooo lucky getting 6 weeks holidays (though i definately don't envy you your job - i don't believe for one minute that teaching is at all easy). Have you ever had a gait analysis done? My knee pain went completely away very soon after i got it done and was advised to use stability trainers - maybe it would be worthwhile to see if it helps. Don't be hard on yourself over your last run - you'll get there - you've done it before - and the good thing re 'bridge to 10k' is that you start with running 10minute blocks. Hopefully when your knee gets sorted you will find it easier.
Norfolklass - well done on your 30mins continuous run (and your bravery at getting into a kayak)!! I think that because you managed the 30min run with relative ease you don't need to worry about missing the 2x 28min runs. Thats also really reassuring to hear your friend still finds the first 5min of every run hard even 5 years down the line. Only 2 runs to go for you now and then you 'graduate' from your schedule.....have you decided what you'll do next week??
Hi to everyone else - hope you had a good weekend.... xx
Wooooohooo big well done to you Snails! Do you know how far you went? I tell myself silly things in my head too to help me keep going - I have to be careful at the running club as I have a habit of saying them out loud so everyone knows I'm mad! (Example today - "last hill coming up...apart from the one after it, oh and the little one at the end.....")
The cat lady on the link is great - I want to be like her! I'll probably end up more like this one though.. Mad Russian Cat Lady
Welcome back Tommy - glad you had a good holiday!
Hi Miffy, don't worry about having a bad run - I have them all the time! Normally when it's too hot, that just sdeems to magnify every niggly achy bit for me. I strongly recommend gait analysis too - and I take an anti-inflammatory about an hour before I go for a run now, which seems to help my leg pain!
Hi Norfolklass - I definitely agree about the "5 minute rule" as we call it here, OH does too (he's fitter than me so I believe him lol). I think that's why I started to find running easier once the repititions got longer than 5 minutes, as I just wasn't getting to that point before and just had to start again before going past it!
(The new cross trainer is the opposite though - the first 5 minutes aren't too bad - the rest HURTS lol!)
Well done on your premature 30 minutes! Are you going to do a couple more now, or go back and do a couple of 28's..?
I had a bit of a useless run yesterday - I left it as late as I could (about 6pm-ish) but it was still really hot. I made it about 2 thirds of the way round my normal route, then the sun was just beaming straight into my face and it was horrible - and the only way I could have changed route was to go UP... so I stopped and walked the rest after 23 minutes! I went on the cross trainer for 15 minutes when I got home though to make up the time I missed - it might be evil but it's in the shade and in front of a big fan!
I did better at the running club tonight - the weather was a lot cooler, and I did the whole 3 mile run without stopping (it's actually about 3.1 miles). It took me 33:54 3.5 miles next week, here's hoping for a nice cool breeze again.
Last but not least - it's confession time. I have BOUGHT A BUM BAG! I am going to wear it with pride, cos it means I can take my phone with me when I run now, and download one of those GPS apps that will tell me how far I've been! I can take some money too, but not sure if I trust myself going past that Wetherspoons!
Snails - Well done! I can't imagine myself doing anything like that long run without a break!
Cheetah - Good luck with the 3.5 miles. If your going to download a gps tracking app i'd reccomend one called imapmyrun. it's what i've got but I can't remember if it was free or if it was just 59p or something. I use it alot and it lets you upload your map online and shows you a 3D route so you can brag about those hills! You can look at other peoples maps in your area too to give you inspiration for new routes. I was looking at some guys route who ran 7 mile then finished in the middle of the motorway I hope he's ok.
Anyway, today was the start of my restarted running schedule, and to be honest I didn't feel like doing anything. After football yesterday and tennis today it's fair to say I was aching a bit. It's weird actually, I used to run to get fitter for other sports now it's the other way around. Anyway I was aching and it was getting later and not much cooler so I compramised and went on the treadmill. I think in that couple of week off I forgot all the positives about running and just retained the memories of the pain. Anyway now i'm back in the mood for getting out there and my next run, probably wednesday, should be outdoor.
Well done Snails - that'sa fab achievement!
Hi Cheetah - your run doesn't sound useless at all! And to go straight on the cross trainer when you got in is nothing short of saintly I reckon!
Hi Tommy, and everyone else who's on this thread - it's very inspiring to read how everyone is getting on.
Snails I had a proper gait analysis on 2005 - years ago, but when i was training properly for my half marathon. But since then I haven't, and I'm still wearing the same trainers - perhaps that's my problem! But in my defence - the trainers I'm using haven't done that many miles I don't think as I got them close to the end of my training and then haven't really done much until this year. I remember I read somewhere - probably on here somewhere - that trainers are good for about 500 miles, and I don't think I can have done anywhere near that, can I?? I don't know. Perhaps I'll go and get analysed again over the holidays. There's a new running shop opened up locally - can't remember which one though I remember seeing an ad in a local paper - so I'll investigate that, or go to the nearest sweatshop where I went before.
I will go out later on today - not sure when, but sometime today. That's a promise!
Been out - had a much better run, still took a couple of walk breaks - one enforced where I have to keep the dog on the lead, and one where I just needed to! but my running stints were much longer than recent efforts, so I'm feeling just a tiny bit pleased with myself .
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