(Non) Running Log : Bollocks! The area under my knees are feeling strained (Advice please)

  • suedeheadscot

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    Apr 07, 2012 8:30 PM GMT
    Been off running for a good bit now. It may be because of a new machine at the gym, it may be because of starting to run a few long distances again after being ill, it may be because its time my shoes got replaced (think I'm coming up to the 500 mile mark).

    Don't want to give this up fellas, plus i need to do cardio to burn off the excesses of a Scottish diet.

    So....anyone had the same problem? here's some facts: -

    - I do cool down excercises and stretches, 30 seconds on each leg.

    - I have felt a bit worn out before on the knees but recovered ok.

    - I have some running repair books (my landlord just handed me some).

    - I also massage the knees on the advice of a gym instructor.

    - a gym instructor also said to check out at the doctor its not arthritis, which there is a history of in my family.

    It does feel like what I do need to do is take a break from running in the meantime which means I'm probably not going to be prepared for the Birmingham Black Country half, at the end of July.

    So what I need from you guys is this: -

    - any other runners had the same problem of strained knees? If so, what steps did you take, and did youi return to running?

    - if I can't run outdoors anymore, is it safe to do some other forms of cardio to keep fitness levels up at the gym? i.e. spin classes for example.

    AND PLEASE!!!!! No jokes about spending too much time on my knees - HEARD IT!!

    Your help is appreciated, RJrs.

    Ewan


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    Apr 07, 2012 10:19 PM GMT
    What type of strain does it feel like? Bone? Muscle? Joint?

    Not sure if spinning is a good substitute for running. I heard high intensity cycling/spinning also puts stress on the knees. Have you considered swimming?
  • LJay

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    Apr 08, 2012 12:43 AM GMT
    If your bollocks are under your knees, you have good reason to feel strained. Get a jockstrap quickly.
  • suedeheadscot

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    Apr 08, 2012 7:07 AM GMT
    xrichx saidWhat type of strain does it feel like? Bone? Muscle? Joint?

    Not sure if spinning is a good substitute for running. I heard high intensity cycling/spinning also puts stress on the knees. Have you considered swimming?


    Muscular. Just been reading up on this, and it does sound like runner's knee I have. Got some exercises to do.

    Hmmm - not a big fan of swimming for exercise either - the only stroke I can do is the breast stroke. Cross trainer at the gym?
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    Apr 08, 2012 5:33 PM GMT
    Definitely go see a doctor for some advice about the strain.

    I think steady paced cycling might be better than spinning. But everyone's experience might be different. So maybe give spinning a try first and see how it goes.