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Running... well jogging slowly in my case

emmoenemmoen Posts: 215Member Member Posts: 215Member Member
So a little back story: I have had 4 knee surgeries and I’ve been told I should never run again and try to stick it out until I am 40 get to knee replacements.

Well that is bull...., I’m only 32 years old with 2 very active boys... plus I use to be a Marine. So I am SLOWLY working on getting to 3.2 miles. I have completed that once in the past month... but all my other jogs are 1 mile.. 1.5... maybe 2 miles but I am trying really hard to listen to my knees...

It’s starting to get a little discouraging when my body doesn’t really appreciate jogging much more than that... so I have slowly been trying to just improve my time.

I started at 1 mile in about 12-13 minutes and I am down to 10.30
So yeah progress but even with the improved time... my knees/body/mind say no more.

Will I ever get past this hurdle?

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  • mbaker566mbaker566 Posts: 8,327Member Member Posts: 8,327Member Member
    you are a runner if your run. you run a faster mile than me.

    that being said. check with a sports doctor. see if your local running club has a dr or physio that they recommend that can help you with your specific goals and needs
  • TavistockToadTavistockToad Posts: 35,844Member Member Posts: 35,844Member Member
    Which is it that says no, knees, mind or other body part?

    The answer to that makes a big difference to what you do next.

    If it's the knees then I would agree with finding a sports doc/physio who has worked with others with your knee surgeries.
  • TavistockToadTavistockToad Posts: 35,844Member Member Posts: 35,844Member Member
    emmoen wrote: »
    Which is it that says no, knees, mind or other body part?

    The answer to that makes a big difference to what you do next.

    If it's the knees then I would agree with finding a sports doc/physio who has worked with others with your knee surgeries.

    It varies on different days... like today it was a cramp in my diaphragm... which is probably from jogging my fastest mile...

    Other days it’s my knees... which I still push to at least jog a mile and then walk the rest of the way

    But on most days the image pretty sums up how I feel...

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    Have you looked at c25k to build up your distance slowly?
  • emmoenemmoen Posts: 215Member Member Posts: 215Member Member
    lorrpb wrote: »
    Why do you think the doctor is full of bull regarding not running? You say it’s because you’re a mom and a Marine. As important as these are, and as much as I appreciate your service to the country and your dedication to your sons, it doesn’t make the doctor wrong. Your knees need to serve you well for many many years.

    There are so many activities and sports you can do that would be a lot easier on them. Swimming, biking, weight lifting, martial arts, rowing, to mention just a few. Have you considered expanding your goals to new activities?

    I just think it’s bull for a dr to just say you can’t do anything. I have seen people way worst than me do so much more. The Dr may not be wrong but I am also the type of person who tells me I can’t do something... well I have to prove them wrong that I can...

    But I also feel that no matter the situation... you shouldn’t be told NO YOU CANT... especially if there are benefits to it or was a goal of yours.

    My goal is to be healthy and to be able to run and play with my kids... it may not come easily but that is something I want and will do.

    I do other activities, like biking and weightlifting but I don’t want to feel limited in the things I know I can do... it just may not come as easily as I want....
  • apullumapullum Posts: 2,824Member Member Posts: 2,824Member Member
    I'd find an ortho or physio who is more willing to work with you. A sports medicine specialist can give you better recommendations about your specific knee conditions than we can.

    It does sound like some of what you're describing is just trying to do too much, too soon. Even though you've probably run in the past, it sounds like it's been a while and you would probably have better results with a beginner program like C25K. But I would get a different doctor to check out the knee before you start on a running plan. It might be that a different type of exercise is safer for you.
  • SchweddyGirlSchweddyGirl Posts: 151Member, Premium Member Posts: 151Member, Premium Member
    If you are determined to get back up to your previous running activity level when you were in the corp, then you really need to work with a sport ortho doctor that will help you on your goals. I would go to a local running store, talk to them about the situation, and see if they have any recommendations for a good sports doctor. Are you with VA medical? Or do you have different insurance? If you are with the VA you will need to find a sports doctor that is in the system.
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