I am a new runner. I am painfully stumbling and fumbling my way through learning the ins and outs, do’s and don’ts of this lifestyle.
So far, not so good.
FIRST MISTAKE: In a cheap (and so stupid) ditch effort to save some money (full time nursing school zaps your moola) I’d been running in used, worn and tired shoes.
SECOND MISTAKE: I did not have strong legs going in to this (I’m building strength by running, right????)
THIRD MISTAKE: I was going to start my cross-training within the next week, but really had to start a month ago.
Right now I am currently bumming what I believe is tendinitis… one pretty nasty case in my Right knee, and a mild come and go one in my left. Today marks 9 days off from running. I’m going crazy, especially with the power exhibited behind the runners throughout the world in response to Boston. I want to show my support and channel my emotions and grow strong, But I gotta do what I gotta do.
RICE is my friend. (and… dare I say it……….. my legs are feeling better!)
Here is what I’ve learned so far…….
#1- DO NOT WEAR CHEAP SHOES!!!!!!!! You get what you put into your workout, unfortunately, and I used crap shoes and got CRAP KNEES because of it. APPARENTLY….. when you run, your knees take on 2-3 TIMES your body weight, one at a time. (Doing the math in my head…. carry the two…..) that means for me personally, at a ‘cough’ healthy 195 pounds, my poor poor knees each take on a mere 585 pounds with each step. That’s the equivalent of my one little knee carrying the weight of a male lion. I’m talking the f*ing King of the Jungle.
Hey, at least it’s some majestic animal, I’ve got a ways to go till I’m at elephant seal…
The cushioning technology in running shoes offset the weight, absorbing 2.5 times the weight of the lion, reducing the force emitted on the cartilage of the knees. The Wedding Singer is flashing in my head right now…
“Things that could’ve been brought to my attention YESTERDAYYYY”
(I’m just kidding. I take full responsibility for my dumbass attack)
SOLUTION: Get fitted for a pair of shoes based on your running gait, and have it professionally done at a place like:
The Running Zone
They know what they’re doing. They will watch and often videotape how you run, analyze and examine your gait and match you with shoes perfect for your individual step. If you are in Melbourne, Florida and need a really great (and I mean really, really great) running store experience, check them out. Heck, check them out anyway, right meow. Ever heard of the Space Coast Marathon? That’s them. (They are also my wonderful cousins, who I don’t talk to nearly enough but think of all the time)
I grew up on Florida’s gorgeous space coast
The beach up the street from my house growing up…. sigh……
and dream of running the Space Coast Marathon someday, and am going to train for the Half this DECEMBER. I live in Northern Ohio (I can spit and hit Lake Erie, no really) and am so envious of their beautiful weather all the time, and the million and a half 5ks every weekend down there. I took the weather for granted when I lived there, and wish I had been into running when I lived there. Maybe someday I’ll move back (My hubby LOVES it there, but is fearful a hurricane will sink the peninsula)
I’ve never been to RoadRunner Sports, but my friend and I are going to take a road trip down there this summer to get me refitted for shoes (I’m an Ariel) The downfall is the closest one to us (and the only one in the STATE for that matter) is in Columbus, about a 3 hour drive. But apparently it’s worth it! (Still, if you’re in Florida, make the trip to my beautiful homeland and check out the Running Zone and run in one of their 5ks, they are so good and family oriented)
I’ve been researching tips how to not SUCK when I get back on the road, and find myself on Cool Running’s site… Here are their tips for narrowing down the most appropriate shoe for you (It’s a rundown of your foot and step characteristics, what to expect when you are professionally fitted, and some technical jargon so you’re not standing there with your thumb up your nose while the sales associates talk to you.)
MISTAKE #2: STRENGTHEN THOSE THUNDER THIGHS
Again, a huge mistake thinking I could nail jello to a tree. I have relatively strong legs, but not enough to compensate for my sh*tty shoes. Or the lion.
Again, my couch-bound ass has scoured the internet trying to figure out what I did wrong, and how to not F it up again. Here’s what I’ve come up with, it’s really quite simple.
Your knee is a hinge, surrounded by strong leg muscles. In order to support your knee (and lion) you need to have a strong foundation to prevent common running injuries. The quads and hamstrings help keep your knee in proper alignment, preventing torque injuries.
I AM NOT A DOCTOR, NOR AM I SWEARING BY THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION
Take it for what it’s worth, do your own research, try what’s best for you. This is what I’ve found…
SOLUTION: Active.com has a section on exercises used to strengthen the hip flexors (a common weak link for many runners) and leg muscles…
MISTAKE #3- Cross Train!
This basically reiterates #2, strengthen the muscles in those legs, work muscles not used while running, and help prevent injuries!
I am going to start elliptical training, and once the WONDERFUL Ohio weather decides to snap the F out of it and warm up, I’ll go across the street and swim in the Lake. People in Ohio don’t really have swimming pools (at least no one I know) and the local high schools want to charge be a rotten $200 for a pool pass. Harumph. I’ll swim in the lake. I also love to BIKE!!! So there’s my cross-training.
Now…. all that information is there…. I JUST HAVE TO DO IT.
And remember- I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun!
Run Strong my friends!