Hi, I dip in and out of the forum a few times a year. I am the sort of runner who likes to run 3 or 4 times a week and have competed in a couple of half marathons. unfortunately i suffer from osteo arthritis and ongoing problems with my left knee. my knee flared up in February so i stopped running for a while and decided to organise a sponsored walk - walking 95k over 3 days.
I have some beautiful wiltshire countryside and have long thought of coming off road and running across the plains etc. I have a couple of questions if maybe anyone can answer them for me a) can anyone recommend some good trainers for this? i currently where Aasics for road running. b) would this type of running be good for my knees? c) how do women feel about running in these type of lonely areas on thir own?
all replies welcome
I would seriously have a word with a physio that understands your particular condition before doing anything else. A lot of people will tell you the generally accepted wisdom that running on softer surfaces is kinder to the joints, etc. but IMO it's not so straighforward. I've had ongoing hip problems (keyhole surgery in 10 days' time!) and without being 100% sure, it's a fair guess that it has been exacerbated by running off-road. Maybe running on flat, even grass would be kinder to me than flat, even concrete, but practically speaking running off-road often means uneven surfaces and HILLS. Running downhill in particular can place a lot of stress on joints, but as I say whether this would mean off-road running is more of a problem for you I think is a call best made by a professional.
W.r.t. footwear, normal running shoes are adequate for most off-road running really, especially if it's dry, although trail shoes can be more practical in mud and rougher terrain. I don't know much about specific models, though.
I'm a woman who runs alone. I like running alone and have no fears or worries about doing so. I enjoy running off road far more than running on the road which I only do when needs must. I like running along tracks and trails and footpaths. running over grassland is fine but slow going and can be quite lumpy bumpy and I have a tendancy to twist my ankles which I don't like. (show me someone who does).
I generally wear my New Balance 101's for off road, they are great when it's muddy / slippery and I need traction. They are not a fast road shoe and I do notice that if I have to run on the road.
PP - wishing you well for your surgery. Hope the recovery is quick.
I like hills.
I do most of my running these days off road and on trails. I have, until recently, run in my Asics 1160's road shoes. However, I recently bought my first pair of trails shoes, which were Salomon Speed Cross 2. I have had no problems and am running trails faster than with road shoes.
Off road is certainly kinder on the joints than pounding away on tarmac, although I do agree that you can twist an ankle or have a nasty fall etc. Having said that, off road does strengthen your joints and use more muscles than when running on even surfaces. I also like hills and try to run up and down them as fast as I safely can.
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