Uh...help. Maybe I should just stick to walking given my history?
I have never done cardio that much. I have done it on and off, sometimes long walks which are fine, and a few years ago I tried H.I.I.T..I always end up sidelined when I do anything besides long walks. Even the so called "Non-impact" exercise machines have me sidelined after so long. It depends, so I experimented with joging at a steady state for 1.5 weeks as of today. The crappy thing is that yesterday when I came home my left food was all bloody. I ruined my socks and my shoes, well I can still use the shoes, cleaned them up as much as possible with a bleach pen.....Now for a little more history on my cardio. A few weeks before this recent "experiment" I was walking 5 days a week for 5 miles a day. After 1.5 weeks of that my big toenail on my left foot turned black and blue and I couldn't walk too well...Its been over a month and the toenail is still black and blue. No pain though.
Anyway, now today after 1.5 weeks of running I have to stop. As I said, yesterday when I got home I noticed my left sneaker was all red. So my foot was all bloody but I couldn't find a cut. I think it was a nail in one of my little toes. Last night also the top part of right foot was swollen and it hurt when I walked. Still does now. Also on my left knee it seems there is a bump, it feels like muscle, but its sticking out, not the same on the right knee. My knees feel "tight" and it feels better to keep them stretched out then bent. A few years ago I had this same problem minus the bloody foot and black and blue toenail. I went to the doctor back then a was diagnosed with this,
I was also told not to do any squats or cardio, and all I was allowed to do was weight exercises that didn't put any pressure on the knee, and easy walking. Now I am afraid my PFS is back!. I tried to run to today thinking, "I'll work through the pain", and nope that didn't work!. This just really sucks. People in my family have arthrites and and history of knee problems....I thought maybe I would be ok when I was first diagnosed with PFS and I could be back at it, but everytime I tried a different form of cardio I started to have pain again. It had been a while so I figured I would try it again. I have lost fat without cardio before, but this time I was feeling really good about the running and loved the endorphin rush!. Now I think I'm just S.O.L.!!!!.....What to do for the next couple days?. Should I start again when the pain disapates or what?..One thing the doctor told me about my problem back then was that my knee cap moved over too far to the left. It would move back eventually but I had to take it easy, do no cardio or squats, and it could always happen again...I feel like an old man!.
Uh...help. Maybe I should just stick to walking given my history?
Hey doesn't anyone have an opinion?. Or I am just being an impatient bastard?.
So my left knee is still swollen today. Its hard to keep my knees bent when I sit down. They feel really "tight", just picture a large rubber band and you twist it and twist it and twist it, just before it breaks. Thats what my knees feel like when I sit down and they are bent. Puting my legs straight relieves this...Should I just get a knee brace and start running again in a few days and just do less distance?. I was feeling so good running. Damn it!
Even though I have no knowledge on this subject I will assist you in gaining help by bumping the topic with a single post.
have you tried an elliptical or a StairMaster stationary bike even swimming I swim for cardio at least once a week now stick to low impact I'm not an expert just some ideas
swimming would definitely be your best bet. probably would solve all your problems....
Do you have a Y in your area
Yep but its much farther then my gym. Also the cost per membership is close to $500. Its a brand new building also and I have only been to the old one years ago, when I was checking gym prices, it was close to $500 than...Yeah I know these are just excuses, but I wish there was something easier, thats the reason I like running, no cost at all, just go outside....
Tried using a row machine?
I'm wondering if I could just do some walking for now until it heals(goes back into place). I can feel its way over to the left, the knee cap. It just feels out of place when this happens. I can feel the difference between knees. Maybe I can just start running again after it goes back in place, but this time use an Ace Knee brace on each knee. I have one from the last time this happend. It does say "prevents injury from weak joints and muscles" on the package...What do you think about that?
T: Swimming is definately something that you should strongly consider. i'm from a family of marathon runners, so i hear you about the endorphin rush. i also hear you about the knee problems: both of my knee caps don't "track" correctly. that means that the ligaments on the insides aren't holding my knee caps strait when i bend my knees. i had some success with physical therapy, but i have been forced to limit my running considerably.
running outside is so tramatic to your bones and joints, swimming is completely impact free. although the draw backs from swimming are a pain (the cost, the inconvienance, swimming does not build bone strength) they can't be much worse than soakin' your shoes in blood.
It totally blows that you're having these problems, but just by the fact that you're refusing to stop training makes me think that you're gonna find something that works.
Thanks a lot!. My parents did run marathons also, not much but a few I think. I always wanted to run in one, but really I'm just not that experienced. I ran a lot in high school, not in track or anything, just on my own. These problems with my knees seem to only kick in after 1.5-2 weeks. In fact I was trying to get this started before. At first I did the 5 mile walks and that turned my toenail black for some reason, probally I needed new sneakers which I puchased and then tried running again. Well after the start of the second week I got really sick. This last one was my third attempt to start up running again. I started doing run walks. Run for 1 minute walk till I catch my breath. I worked my way up to running for 9 minutes straight, and doubling my distance in only 1.5 weeks. Thats really not much if you ask a "real" runner, but hey I'm not a teenager anymore, neither am I in my 20's. Still I was really starting to love running again, like when I was in my teens. I just feel so much better when I run, its like I can actually feel my blood pressure and stress go down!. The only thing that sucks is bloody feet, ruined sneakers and kneecaps that aren't in the correct place. As far as form goes, I know to keep your head up looking straight ahead and run "heal to toe".....So noone thinks that I can continue to run after this "heals" and can just use a knee brace to prevent the knee cap from slipping again?
oh yeah i almost forgot:
as always, continue rocking