I know a lot people see my knee issues & say, "See, you shouldn't run" - but in all honestly, I've had knee issues my whole life. Or at least it seems like my whole life. I was fairly young when my knees starting having troubles when I was in martial arts & messed up my hamstrings. Like really messed them up - on both legs.
Injuries that had me on crutches for months & then in physical therapy to learn to bend my knee again.
I always say, I've had knee issues for so long, I just dont know what its like to have good knees.
Does running hurt or help? I'm not sure. I think its more muscles throughout the whole body that bothers the knees. Most people dont realize that a lot of sore knees are from the muscles in your hips & quads more then the actual knee, but its easy to just blame running & impact.
Let's just put it this way - there's LOTS of reasons for bad knees. You can pop your meniscus in your knee from just turning funny... & you don't stop walking, right?
Life is about pushing yourself through limits ... & pain...
But what I was going to talk about today were the things you see me wear a lot of times on my knees when I run.
... & please note - none of these things are CURES for any knee issues. They are all just intended for comfort & living a more pain free life.... ok. Moving on.
This seems to be the one I wear mostly lately. It just always feels good on my knee. They are made to help spread pressure across a larger area & take stress off of sore areas of the tendon on the bottom of the knee. That's where a lot of runner's knee happens. But you can also wear it above the knee cap if you have IT Band problems.
I also read before that it helps give signals to the brain to keep the muscles that support the knee on a heightened level of alert. Like a good pressure point thing to say, HEY, watch out for me! Be careful!
These are mainly used for runner's knee, IT band issues, patella issues.
I usually wear a brace when my knee hurts the most or when I need extra support. I really dont like to run in them because they aren't very flexible - which is kind of the point of them.
& there's so many braces out there now - ones with holes - some with gel pads, some with straps - some you just pull on. For me, its been a trial & error thing.
The kind you pull on & is super tight is great for compression, which helps with a little swelling & keeps blood flowing to the muscles around the knee.
The kind with the hold in the knee cap is more helpful in supporting the kneecap - which I like. My knee always seems to like 'slide out of place' - gross - but these sorts of things will help keep the knee on track where it should be.
You can use these mainly for swelling around the knee - or a bruised knee - or even mild arthritis or minor sprains.
I know this is the one most people don't really know about - or can appreciate.
I LOVE THIS STUFF... & have sworn by it for years.
This stuff is made to mimic the elasticity of human skin & gives full range of motion but still gives therapeutic benefits. It can help in overactive muscle pain, reduce swelling, provide support, or as I say about it, it basically holds me together.
I have used it on my knees, on my back & on my shoulder - & it has helped in every instance.
Now there is a learning curve with applying it because some times, it will stick on for 7-10 days through sweat & showers... & others? It doesnt even last 10 minutes in the workout. That's frustrating to me - but when it works, it works.
Look up videos on how to apply it - http://www.kttape.com/ - you can see all the different uses on their site "how to videos"... I have seen it on people's hands for carpal tunnel - wrapped around feet - & like I said, I use it on my shoulder when my bicep tendinitis is unbearable. It really is amazing how it makes a difference.
The cool thing - its even at Target now - making its way into stores everywhere - but you can always find some really cool colors on line. I'm all about color coordinating life. But there's also a nude color that I'll use on my shoulder so it blends in more with short sleeves.
Have you tried any of these or prefer them?
Half Marathon Training Week #14
Monday - Walk 3.05 Miles
Tuesday - Les Mills Combat
Saturday - Kickboxing Jillian Michaels
OH MY GOSH...
I am under 2 weeks to my half marathon & this is the saddest week of working out EVER!!!!
I'm going to be honest here - its a little bit of life & a little bit of nerves & a lot of pain.
1. I was really busy this week. I had a lot going on & made the decision to take a night & go see my niece play tennis & by the time I got home, I didn't feel like working out after I got all the other things I needed to do done. It really shows me how you have to make working out WORK OUT in a daily life ... & some days, its hard.
2. My nerves are kicking in about this race. Since the 10 mile race & my knee hurting, I'm just wearing myself down mentally. Feeling like this race isn't going to happen or I'm going to be miserable in pain doing it. I've got to start thinking positively here. Building myself up this next week. I need that motivation to get these last few workouts in!!
3. Pain - says it all. This stupid knee. It does feel like its getting better & then I go to run or walk & YEPPPPP ... its still there. I so appreciate all the kind works & well wishes & good thoughts about my knee. I am so thankful for caring people that are lifting up my spirits in this. If only my stupid knee would listen. It'll get better - it always does. But I need this better in 12 days... uggghhhh!!!
I'm going to push it more this week. That's a promise.
I gotta see how I'm going to hold up in 13.1 miles...
Wish me luck!