Running when I'm twenty pounds heavier.

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    Feb 06, 2008 2:59 PM GMT
    I've done some digging around, and read just about every thread on here having anything to do with the knees, but I'll throw this out there and see if anyone has advice for my specific concern:

    I'm currently trying to put on weight, losing some of the concern over keeping my body fat down (if nothing else, extra fuel). I figure I can lose the extra once I've built up the lean mass I'm going for. As part of it, I've stopped running for a few weeks.

    My concern is about the impact my new weight will have on my knees. I ran, a lot, for several years, and have a pretty good idea what my knee's limits are for distance, surface, frequency, whole bunch of variables, but my weight is usually constant. I'm worried about starting up running again, when it's time.

    Should I just make a conscious effort to give special attention to supporting muscles since I know I'm going to be asking more of my knees in the future (say, two months)?
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    Feb 06, 2008 3:14 PM GMT
    if you are working out and adding the muscle mass sustainably then those muscles will grow in strength in comparison.

    if on the other hand you just bloat yourself up and severly overeat then this is where the issue arises.

    Does make you wonder tho if the goal is muscle mass why you are considering such a volume of running that it would cause this much of a concern as if you are striving to add the muscle you will strive even harder to retain it with the running.
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    Feb 06, 2008 3:41 PM GMT
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    Does make you wonder tho if the goal is muscle mass why you are considering such a volume of running that it would cause this much of a concern as if you are striving to add the muscle you will strive even harder to retain it with the running.


    Not sure I completely get what you're saying. In a normal week I probably get three or four runs in. Suppose it's not that much, but still can't imagine the sudden absence from my routine, then suddenly putting it back in would go "unnoticed" by my body.
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    Feb 06, 2008 3:58 PM GMT
    Trying to reword the first part not easy I guess what I am saying is that your body adjusts daily and the muscles adjust daily to the load it has to carry therefore the affect will be less noticeable.

    As for the comment about why that much running afterwards, am just saying that if you are actively focussing on adding muscle mass for now when you restsart your running its going to be a hard chore/heavy eating plan to retain your efforts
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    Feb 06, 2008 4:19 PM GMT
    I never have knee problem one...ever...and my BMI is between 30 and 32. I think, although I don't know, that having all that muscle around my knee protects it.

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    Feb 06, 2008 4:33 PM GMT
    Mike,

    I think bfg1 is quite correct on this. Assuming you're adding muscle in your lower body as well as upper, your knees should adjust fairly well to the new weight (you will still be walking every day, after all). I'm about 10-15 pounds heavier now than when I was in high school (when I ran 8 miles a day or so for soccer), and I've been running for about a year and a half now without any sort of severe impact on my knees.
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    Feb 06, 2008 4:54 PM GMT
    I truly believe that everyone's body is different and certain fitness norms may not be the norm for some individuals.

    IMHO- In your situation, I would imagine more weight is going to mean a harder impact on your running joints. The real question is- Can your knees take the harder impact from running at a much heavier weight? I say try it and see. If you are an avid runner you will know real quick if running at a heavier weight is an option. If not buy a road bike and pedal the fat away.
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    Feb 06, 2008 4:59 PM GMT
    Ha, I lost a bunch of weight, I'm a runner, and I'm having knee problems. Knee problems can come from a variety of issues. The fact of the matter is, if you gain 20 lbs, that's more shock for your legs to absorb which yes can contribute to knee problems especially if there's any pronation when you run. I'd get a good shock absorber, and/or make a point to do some of your runs on softer surfaces while you're on the heavier side.



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    Feb 06, 2008 5:29 PM GMT
    Sounds good.

    Trying to build muscle in the lower half as well as the top (wouldn't wanna be top heavy, i'd fall over... more), so I'll just be sure to pay attention to whatever my knee is telling me, but expect the growth/support/all that to be proportional.

    As for eating enough to maintain my weight when I get there... yeah, I can do that =)

    Thanks, fellas.
    Gonna get HUGE.