Treadmill TroubleWednesday, April 11, 2012
|First run after Eli was born. Worse than childbirth.|
But lately I've been really uncomfortable during and after my treadmill runs. Ever since I fell down in the bathroom at the gym, my right knee hasn't been 100%, and running on the treadmill seems to make it worse. If it's a short run, like three miles, it's OK. Anything longer and it starts aching and bothers me the rest of the day. However, I'm able to go 10-13 miles outside and feel fine afterward. By "fine", I mean like death. But at least it's a universal feeling of death that encompasses my whole body and it goes away after I stretch, have a boiling hot shower, and eat an entire box of macaroni.
I didn't go to the doctor to get it checked out (now THAT would just be silly) but thanks to Google MD I have diagnosed myself. I think that when I fell I pulled something in my knee and it's still a little sensitive. How's that for a diagnosis? Sup, science.
I did some research on treadmills too and learned some interesting tidbits:
- Running on the treadmill on a flat incline is akin to running downhill outside.
- Running downhill is harder on your knees than running uphill.
- Running on the treadmill without varying your pace and incline means you aren't changing up your stride at all. Therefore your joints, legs, etc. are feeling the exact same impact with every step. It's easier for them to get overworked and overstressed.
Fingers crossed that spring weather is here to stay and I'll be able to avoid the treadmill altogether. Five and a half weeks to go until the Blue Nose half!