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Gonna have to take a longer break

rivengirl42 profile image

I hate my knees. Both of them. They just do not want to cooperate with me.

After another set of week 2 runs, I finally had to go see a sports physician. She put me on a strict regimen of no-impact exercise for the next 4 weeks. :( Majorly bummed, but the elliptical workouts and strength training I'm doing should, according to the doc, build up the muscles around my knees (which, I guess, helps).

I won't be far - I continue to read your inspirational posts and am with you in spirit! Happy running, everyone! I'll be falling behind, but will catch up soon!

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Sorry to hear the knees are still giving you trouble but you have to take the advice and look after yourself. I wonder whether it is possible to adapt C25k to the elliptical?

I hope you're going to stick around, rivengirl42; it's always good hear what you're up to :o)

That's a good idea - I'll see if I can't program something into the elliptical to mimic C25K! Thank you!

<3 And of course I'll stick around - y'all are wonderful!

IgaT profile image

Poor you :(

I had knee problems for many years. A lot of walking slowly upgraded to hiking and JointCare Max helped me. After almost 10 years of avoiding any knee involved exercises, I very slowly managed to strengthen my legs and knees. It took me a little over 2 years to get to the point of no knee pain. Now, I can run :) Thing that I thought I will never be able to do.

Rule no 1: don't overdo

Rule no 2: give your muscles time to rest

Rule no 3: increase load / distance / reps very slowly

Rule no 4: gentle regular stretches (also with rest times)

I hope your knee are in better shape than mine was, and you will get rid of the pain much much sooner.

Loads of hugs for you.

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rivengirl42 in reply to IgaT

Thank you - hugs right back!

I'm taking Osteo BiFlex triple strength and it does seem to help (if I remember to take it consistently, which, at my age, can be an issue). I'm going to rest for a few days and then do the elliptical on a lower incline and resistance - like you advise, slowly build up those muscles.

Happy running, IgaT!!

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IgaTGraduate in reply to rivengirl42

I take my supplementation just after breakfast. It's just takes time to build up and proper results can be seen after approx. 3 months o consistent taking.

Keep writing how your journey is going :)

I feel under the weather, so have some longer than expected rest time. I hoped to go today, but it felt too early :(

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rivengirl42 in reply to IgaT

Sorry to hear you're ill, but it's good that you're listening to your body. Feel better soon!!

mergirl101 profile image

Sorry to hear that. But you have to take a break 😞 my husband swears by glucosamine for his knees. Takes about 6 weeks to kick in and turmeric has been working miracles too. My Pilates teacher is always giving us excercises to strengthen muscles either side our knees? Maybe that could help? A well set up bike is great low impact workout too... hang in there, let us know how you get on 🙂

I'd heard of turmeric - might give that a go. Can you post the Pilates exercises or a link? Would love to try them out.

Thanks for the suggestions - happy running!

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GoGo_JoJoGraduate in reply to rivengirl42

I'm drinking a concoction daily just now of ginger, lemon, turmeric and chilli powder.

Ginger is nature's anti-inflammatory they say and turmeric does all sorts as can chilli.

The first one was a bit yuck but I quite like it now and I think it does....something 😂

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