Run, run, run!

So..I fell in love with running. And I’ve already got injured. But let’s start from the beginning.

Less than two months ago I decided I’d start running, because I was living too much just for studying. I used to go to the university by foot, half hour quick walk to go and another to come back, which is not bad..but too many hours sit on a chair are very harmful for your body.

I’m not overweight, thanks to my italian heritage I eat healty. But still, after 5-6 years without a physically intesive activity, I was feeling weak and nervous..so I started with the cheapest sport: jogging.

From jogging to running the step is short: after a week you feel you can do a lot more, your muscles rise again, your breathe become more steady and you don’t feel like you want to die after a 2-3 kilometers run.

From running to i-want-to-do-that-race-next-year the step has been even shorter. So I started training a lot, running every day for 4-5 kilometers, then the last week always over 5 km..until I tried what is often called the “dying man test”: running 10km in less than 1 hour.

Brighton is a hilly and windy little city. Those 10km were far more difficult and intensive for your heart and joints than “plain” 10km. Still, I managed to run in 1 hour and 2 minutes, and I felt extremely excited..I felt I could give some more, too. I was already planning to attend a little race of 5km that is disputed every saturday in Brighton.

I felt, while running, some “funny” pain in the knee. It wasn’t really pain, just a strange feeling that stopped when I moved on a flattest part of the road (I ran the last 5km on the seashore, with a pendence toward the sea).

Later, in the afternoon, I started feeling a real pain in the left knee. Since then, exactly one week from now, I’ve had to stay home and use ice twice per day.

That’s been a big lesson for me. It’s better to follow the advice of older runners, and do the first 3-4 months of boring, plain runs without looking at the performance, than to be obliged not to run for weeks.

Now the pain is fading a little away, and in a few days I’ll go to the SweatShop to get a free gait analysis and buy an expensive, cool pair of running shoes with the right characteristics to reduce the chance to get injured again.

Then I’ll timidly start running again, following a boring table for 3 months. From October, I should be able to train with the Lousberlauf in mind.

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3 comments

  1. I think I have the same problem. Did ice twice a day do it for you? did it hurt when you used stairs?
    I think I did a big mistake by ignoring the pain for a couple of days, so I continued running 10km per day for a week. Now climbing stairs is a challenge.. and no insurance to go to the doctor…

    1. yes it did work :) the stairs, especially going down, were a pain. Now, after a month, the pain is gone but the knees still do some creepy noise. Just total rest, ice and as less stairs as possible will do. Good luck!

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