Monday, March 06, 2006

A moment of worry...

Yesterday, I was doing my cardio on the treadmill as usual. After about 10 minutes, I started feeling a pain in the outside of my left knee. I kept running for a couple minutes and it didn't go away. I was sidelined by a problem in this knee before, so I don't take chances with it. I slowed down to a brisk walk and went on until I had gone 20 minutes total, at which point I quit. The pain went away when I slowed down.

Today, I did a slow run (4.5 mph) for 45 minutes and the good news is that had no pain.

I need to be careful not to overdo it as my cardiovascular system gets more fit than my muscles and joints. This is one of the quickest ways to injure yourself as a runner.

Couldn't you do an elliptical trainer? My knees (both of them) are shot. If I use a treadmill, I can't last more than 15 to 20 minutes before it becomes painful. If I use the elliptical trainer, especially going backwards I can go 45 min to 1 hr without a problem. Good luck on your knees.
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