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How many miles did you run today?

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by MonkeyFresh, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. Thomas

    Thomas Well-Known Member

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    No more running miles for me the upcoming month. I'm gonna take a long rest to get rid of my knee injury. Thing is, I don't feel any pain when playing squash, but after running a mile or so a sharp pain under my knee cap appears and gets worse and worse :S..

    Fatto:

    A few Q's - first, have you been diagnosed with anything, or found anything on the web about this?
    If no in both cases,
    Have you been running hills lately?
    Is this a stabbing pain on the outside of the knee that comes on quickly?
    If so, google IT band and see if this matches up.
    Good luck in any case.

    For me: 4 miles in the rain this mornin.
     
  2. Fatto_in_Italia

    Fatto_in_Italia Well-Known Member

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    Fatto:

    A few Q's - first, have you been diagnosed with anything, or found anything on the web about this?
    If no in both cases,
    Have you been running hills lately?
    Is this a stabbing pain on the outside of the knee that comes on quickly?
    If so, google IT band and see if this matches up.
    Good luck in any case.

    For me: 4 miles in the rain this mornin.


    I haven't been diagnosed with anything, but looking up IT band injuries it seems to fit my symptons exactly. Thanks for pointing it out. Now I just need to follow up a good treatment plan and I'll be running again this spring.
    Funny thing, I started running in october last year and I thought I'd get tired of it within no time. Fact is, I can't stand not being able to run.. It's way too addictive..

    I'll be in back in this thread in April!
     
  3. Thomas

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    I haven't been diagnosed with anything, but looking up IT band injuries it seems to fit my symptons exactly. Thanks for pointing it out. Now I just need to follow up a good treatment plan and I'll be running again this spring.
    Funny thing, I started running in october last year and I thought I'd get tired of it within no time. Fact is, I can't stand not being able to run.. It's way too addictive..

    I'll be in back in this thread in April!


    I feel your pain. Actually, I had an IT Band issue a few years back, rest did nothing at all because the band that stretches between the hip and knee had shortened and wasn't about to relax. So I stretched it out over the course of a week and haven't had any problems since.

    IF you choose to do this (tread carefully in case you have something different, and double-check before taking my word here).

    This is what I did: First warm the legs up in a hot tub or bath (or shower). Then I would stand in a doorway, planting my foot at one side of the doorway, move my hip towards the other side of the door way, and press my upper body back away from the hip-side doorway. In effect, I tried to look like a boomerang. Hold that for a 20-30 seconds, relax, repeat. Watch your form and pay attention to your body - you shouldn't experience any pain, you just want to stretch the tight parts.

    Stretch it a week before testing it out. Good luck!
     
  4. Thomas

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    5 1/3 miles this morning. no rain, but damp and cool and my damn nips were killing me halfway through.
     
  5. kwilkinson

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    Vaseline + nip bandages are your friend.

    Or maybe you can get Mrs. T to give them a thorough rubdown. [​IMG]
     
  6. Thomas

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    Vaseline + nip bandages are your friend.

    Or maybe you can get Mrs. T to give them a thorough rubdown. [​IMG]


    Actually, she got me these nipguards years and years ago (and I still have them) - normally I use band-aids but yesterday was rough and I totally forgot about them this morning...much to my dismay. I held my shirt out from my chest for the last 3 miles or so. Kinda sucked.
     
  7. why

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    I doubt it's an IT band issue. Those involve pain on the lateral portion of the knee (over the lower extremity of the femur) and the pain is usually localized and doesn't feel near the kneecap at all.

    If it's under the kneecap it's Runner's Knee. It's inflammation caused by improper patella tracking. Anti-inflammatories will help. If you can find an orthopaedist who's willing to give you cortisone that should take care of it then and there. Otherwise, rest and get blood flowing to the area regularly.

    You can help prevent it in the future by strengthening the vastus medialis and other muscles. Most people won't see improvement in symptoms but in terms of long-term help it's good to make sure the quadriceps are all around equal strength and flexibility. Anthropometry will always leave some people predisposed to getting joint pain.
     
  8. mtechnic

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    2: just too nice out in dc
     
  9. why

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    Two miles to test my Achilles tendinitis. It's still there.
     
  10. Connemara

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    Ran a mile at a pace quicker than usual yesterday and for a couple of minutes I thought I had fucked up my right calf (gastrocnemius?). My fault for not stretching enough and failing to do a warm up prior to stretch.
     
  11. Thomas

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    Ran a mile at a pace quicker than usual yesterday and for a couple of minutes I thought I had fucked up my right calf (gastrocnemius?). My fault for not stretching enough and failing to do a warm up prior to stretch.

    dude, I never stretch.

    Actually, I take that back - I stretch when I yawn.
     
  12. Thomas

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    I doubt it's an IT band issue. Those involve pain on the lateral portion of the knee (over the lower extremity of the femur) and the pain is usually localized and doesn't feel near the kneecap at all.

    If it's under the kneecap it's Runner's Knee. It's inflammation caused by improper patella tracking. Anti-inflammatories will help. If you can find an orthopaedist who's willing to give you cortisone that should take care of it then and there. Otherwise, rest and get blood flowing to the area regularly.

    You can help prevent it in the future by strengthening the vastus medialis and other muscles. Most people won't see improvement in symptoms but in terms of long-term help it's good to make sure the quadriceps are all around equal strength and flexibility. Anthropometry will always leave some people predisposed to getting joint pain.


    I'd considered Runner's Knee, but the one-mile onset and rapid worsening seemed more IT band than a patellar issue. Likewise with the squash - if he's playing squash with reasonable vigor for a decent length of time, I'm guessing his quads aren't in too bad a shape for all the lunging and stop-start on the squash court, and that patellar issues would turn up there as well.
     
  13. why

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    I'd considered Runner's Knee, but the one-mile onset and rapid worsening seemed more IT band than a patellar issue. Likewise with the squash - if he's playing squash with reasonable vigor for a decent length of time, I'm guessing his quads aren't in too bad a shape for all the lunging and stop-start on the squash court, and that patellar issues would turn up there as well.

    Both are overuse injuries and inflammation and will onset at about the same time.

    I don't know why the issue wouldn't turn up as much with squash since I have no experience with it.
     
  14. jwied82

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    anyone training now for any spring marathons or 1/2 marathons??
    I'm going to be running a marathon in april, itll be my second one. I didnt do enough long runs for my first one... longest training run was 18mi, so this time around im going to try and put in a couple 20+ milers
     
  15. quevola

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    anyone training now for any spring marathons or 1/2 marathons??
    I'm going to be running a marathon in april, itll be my second one. I didnt do enough long runs for my first one... longest training run was 18mi, so this time around im going to try and put in a couple 20+ milers


    I'll be running my first marathon on May 3rd. I'm up to 14 miles on Saturdays. My training schedule has me running 20 miles only once three weeks out from the marathon.

    Do you think it would be wise to incorporate more runs over 20 miles?

    My goal is to not stop running throughout the whole marathon and finish under 4 hours.
     
  16. jwied82

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    well, in hindsight i think i was dumb for having my longest run be 18 (though i did ALOT of 12-15 mile runs, probably a couple a week on average)... i wish i would have done a couple 20s and a 22 miler and i think that would have been good.

    I actually did have to stop running towards the end. i finished in 2'47, but i was on pace to finish under 2'42 up through 21 miles. Then i gradually started to feel bad and for the last 4 or so miles i stopped at the water stations and walked for maybe 30 seconds while i drank the water and also stopped and walked on some uphills... so thats where i think going longer than 20mi in training would have helped me alot.
     
  17. daft

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    1.5 and felt like i was gonna die. god i'm unfit.
     
  18. quevola

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    ^^ Wow, good info jwied82 . That is an impressive marathon. Good job!
     
  19. Joe E Taleo

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    Interesting stuff on runner's knee. I think that's what I have, or have had for years. Ice and NSAIDs seem to work pretty well. If it gets much worse, I'll consider the cortisone shot.

    4 miles. I'm starting to enjoy running again.
     
  20. skidsm

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    anyone training now for any spring marathons or 1/2 marathons?? I'm going to be running a marathon in april, itll be my second one. I didnt do enough long runs for my first one... longest training run was 18mi, so this time around im going to try and put in a couple 20+ milers
    set for my first on may 3. i'm ahead of schedule for training, and did 15 last sunday. i have to back off a bit for a few weeks, though, i'm raising my mileage too fast and risking some knee injury right now. i'm very excited about it.
     

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