Dec. 11th, 2009 10:09 am
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I've been off the jogging for a week now, unfortunately it just started to totally screw both of my knee joints, so I'm waiting for them to recover.It's pretty annoying to find out you can't do something that basic, so I think I'm going to train up until I can.

I think probably the incline is what was damaging my joints, so it's probably safe to run on the flat. Also, I'd like to strengthen the muscles I use for hill work. As such, I'm planning to do the following:

Now: 3 times a week do one of these, alternating which one:

Jogging - Jog 3 miles on the flat round Holyrood Park. (timed)

Climbing - Climb to the top of Arthur's Seat and back down again. (timed)

I might also consider joining the gym to do cross-trainer and exercise bike stuff in the new year

Date: 2009-12-11 10:38 am (UTC)
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X trainers would be perfect for you.

no impact on the knees!

unfortunately if you are a bit heavier, jogging can be harsh!

Date: 2009-12-11 11:40 am (UTC)
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I know I always say this, but - physio! They're better placed to advise on stuff like this than anyone else.

Having said that, much respect for sticking with it.

Date: 2009-12-11 12:38 pm (UTC)
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I believe going downhill is worst on the joints.

Also, what sort of shoes are you using? Unsuitable shoes can give you a poor gait.

Date: 2009-12-11 12:47 pm (UTC)
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If you can, avoid running on paved surfaces.

Date: 2009-12-11 01:31 pm (UTC)
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Get climbing poles. Used to be pretty cheap in TKMaxx. I've got a pair that I've yet to use but I'm told they're just the thing if you want to get some good cardio from hiking without fucking your knees.

Date: 2009-12-11 04:46 pm (UTC)
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Can't guarantee this works for everyone but as a person who has had a screwed knee since early in life it works for me.

When my knee is causing hassle I wear a knee support to take some of the strain off the actual joint. It does wonder for what I can do. They only cost a few quid from boots. Of course they cut down on mobility of your knee so if your looking to do flexing exercises they wont help.

Date: 2009-12-14 12:04 am (UTC)
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I've found knee supports hugely helpful when mine's been giving me gyp, for what it's worth.

Date: 2009-12-11 07:43 pm (UTC)
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Are you wearing good shoes? I mangled my leg for a year because I went jogging in not bad, but not good enough shoes. Likewise the physio said that at my weight, jogging was something to be really careful about because of the impact.

Date: 2009-12-11 09:33 pm (UTC)
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I echo the running shoes adn running on grass thigns. Both sound advice.

Physio could be good.. but they tend to be all 'NOW GENTLY WIGGLE YOUR TOES' as opposed to RUN 5K BITCH! so therefore are shit.
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