Monday, October 22, 2012

ANOTHER injury.

I had an entire weekend recap post planned for today. I was going to tell you all the fantastic, fun things I did.

Instead, I am going to tell you how pissed off I am thanks to another knee injury.

Saturday morning I had jump and drill followed by my first 5k since my torn meniscus diagnosis in August.
I felt fine through the entire run, outside of being tired.

Sunday morning during kickboxing my right [good] knee started bothering me and I quickly realized that my run had caused another injury.

I have never had an issue with either of my knees, let a lone both. Some people said I may have been overcompensating during my run so I would avoid re-injuring my left, which very well may be the case. But I truly believe my Brooks are the issue.
Running in my Nike's never caused me any pain. Yet 8 runs in my new Brooks have resulted in 2 knee issues.
They just don't feel right around my ankles. They're loose and lacking the proper support.

I am so angry that I am sitting here with the same pain I had in my left knee 2 months ago.
I am beside myself that I may be back on the injured list and unable to do my workouts, just when I was getting back into my schedule.

Thankfully, I have gone through PT and know what moves I can do to stregthen the knee in hopes of fixing it myself. It doesn't hurt as badly as the tear did, but I am fearful I am one workout away from yet another tear.


Tomorrow night I am working out at MetLife stadium [Home of the Jets and Giants] with Nike, and all I can think about is my damn knee. I just want to sweat!

With that said I am in the market...again...for new sneakers. I refuse to put my brooks on my feet ever again. They're actually going in the garbage as soon as I get home.

 I cannot risk more time out of the gym. I missed running, kicking, jumping, lifting to much to be out again.

Tell me your favorite running sneakers.


Emily Nickles said...

I wear Asics Cumulus and I LOVE them. I am wearing my third pair of 13s now and bought the 14s at an expo this past weekend.

Carrie Skoll said...

If you had success with the Nike's, I'd go back to them. So so sorry. Injuries are so incredibly frustrating.

Glad you know the strengthening moves that will help you as well, I think that is so important.

Mindy Bobe said...

Oh girl! Believe me I have been there! It is so hard to find the correct shoe. Why did you switch from the Nike's? If they were working for you I would definitely go back to them.

Lauren said...

I've only run in Brooks -first the ghost 4 now the pureflow. Sorry they are causing problems for you! I have a pair of reebooks that cause pain if I run in them so i only wear them to classes at the gym or for lifting.

Carlyn Giuriceo said...

I am looking into those now..thank you!

Carlyn Giuriceo said...

you're right...I have no idea why I didn't just buy myself another pair of Nikes... maybe I felt they weren't proper running sneakers? Either way I am regretting this change right now :(

Carlyn Giuriceo said...

I am SO frustrated Mindy. I don't know why this keeps happening! I just want to run!

Carlyn Giuriceo said...

I have the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12 and I just cannot believe how I am dealing with my second knee injury from them, after 26 years of no issues.

Kayla Moothart said...

One time when I was out looking for new shoes the lady asked me what was wrong with the current style that I wore - I told her nothing - she said that I shouldn't switch. Hopefully if you go back to the Nikes you will start to feel better soon - along with your knowledge of your moves maybe you will be able to sideline this from an injury to just a small pain for a little while. For injury prevention I always try to ice, stretch and foam roll even if I am not feeling like I need it. Good luck!

Jenna said...

Carlyn I am sooooo very sorry about the newest injury! I hear a ton of good about newton shoes, but I think it all comes to personal pref!! Keep your chin up and try your best to stay positive!!! You can overcome this!!!!! Spa love!

Jen said...

I also have torn meniscus in my right knee, so I totally feel your pain. I'm running in Mizunos and I absolutely love them. It was between those and Brooks at the running store, and after reading your post I'm glad I chose not to get the Brooks. Keep doing your PT and if you ever have any questions about your knee let me know...I've already have surgery on mine once, but tore it again :(

I Pull 400 Watts said...

Research is showing that wearing a shoe based on how your foot moves or is shaped is not a method of injury prevention. In one study, the runners who "over pronated" (whatever that means?) and were given motion control shoes were actually the most likely to become injured in the study!

Find a light weight shoe that lets your body and feet move how they are meant to. Landing under your general center of mass with a midfoot strike. I work Skora for and use the Skora Base. Using this type of shoe will strengthen your leg muscles, thus decrease your risk of injury.

GAIT ANALYSIS TO CHOOSE A SHOE ARE USELESS. There, I put it in caps so you would see it over the comments telling you to get this out dated and non research backed practice done.

Alex @ therunwithin said...

MIZUNOS i can't say that enough. seriously i have worn them for five years straight and I would never switch again

KatSnF said...

Gait is your best bet chica! (I know we chatted on facebook) I have the same problem with Nike! I've learned that it's not necessarily the brand, but the shoe...they're all SO different and our feet are all my left is a 1/2 size bigger than my right...or the side of the road you run on can impact knees/hips...running is so freeing and can sometimes be so complicated ;)

Lauren @ YoungNester said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry! Injuries suck. I would say go back to Nike if you've had no problems with them in the past. Good luck!

Kat Clark said...

I LOVE my Asics. I have the Landreth 7, and they've never failed me yet!! I'd recommend going to a more specialty store other than Dick's or something like that to find a new shoe! When I was training for a half marathon, I went to a store called Luke's Locker—they actually watched me run see how my feet pronate and where I put my weight. Then, they brought me a few pairs and let me run on a treadmill with them. It was GREAT!

Running On Candy said...

I have mortons neuromas so I started running with orthodics in my shoes. This made my knees hurt so bad! I had torn the minuscus in both knees while playing roller derby a few years ago.

I found out that if you have ever had any type of knee or hip issues and you run with orthodics or a shoe for stability you will have knee problems. The reason is it takes the shock of impact out of your feet and shoots it up your leg. Once I took the orthodics out and went just in a neutral shoe my feet hurt again but my knees didn't. Which Brooks do you have? I wear the Glycerine 9s and they work well for me but everyone is different. I have also run in Mizunos which were great.

Good Luck!

realinto said...

So, so sorry! I wish I had a shoe recommendation for you but I wear kid sized gym shoes which aren't necessarily sport specific. Unless I take up soccer.

I hope that the exercises work and you don't have to make a trip to the doctor.

Mila @ Tales From The Kitch said...

I know EXACTLY how you feel! I sprained my left foot a few months ago,and I was out for 8 weeks. Then I recently got back to running again, and after a mile, I was getting severe leg pain in my other leg. I believe it's from my shoes, BUT, interestingly, when I tied them differently, (a little tighter than normal), they seemed to have better support, and my leg started to hurt after 20 minutes, or so, not 2 like they had been before.

Everyone has crazy different feet. I'd find a shoe store that does fittings for running shoes. You could always see what they fit you with, and then buy them online. It's usually cheaper online, but you get all of the information you need from someone who is an expert in shoe fittings.

In Texas, we have Luke's Locker, I'm not sure if they exist outside of the state.

PavementRunner said...

I agree that this may be the best case scenario... but it does not work for all. Especially not right away. I think in a perfect world we would all be down to run "natural." I know I want to.

PavementRunner said...

If the Brooks don't feel right, get out of them. I started in Brooks and moved to Asics and have been on them ever since. I've started trying other pairs (Mizuno, Saucony) to see if I can find comparable options.

Gait analysis is where you start. See how your foot lands and get a shoe that fits that now. As the above guy stated IN ALL CAPS, a mid-foot plant and natural running shoes is the way to go. Sometimes too much support (and over-correction) can cause the injury, but most of us, can't leap straight into natural shoes. There is a learning curve to correct bad habits we have formed.

1. Get back into what was working.
2. Try to be more conscious of how your running form is. You most likely were over-compensating for your injury, I've done that plenty of times.
3. Try to run comfortable. Don't push to hard or for too long. Your form can fall apart if you are too tired. Get back to 100% first, before pushing it.

Renee said...

My favorite sneakers are NIKE I have a narrow foot an I've also had great luck with asics. Do why feels best for you. Also as weird as this sounds socks are important too I run in thicker socks as it seems to minimize my knee strain? Weird right?

Best of luck with the new shoes! I'm wishing you lots of speedy recovery thoughts!

I Pull 400 Watts said...

Never go into a local store, use their time and expertise and try something on, then go and purchase the item online. Not cool.

Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie said...

I run in Saucony Omni 11's and love them!

jessielovestorun said...

I had the same problem with brooks when I tried them. Like I told you on twitter though, I'm asics girl all the way!

I'm so sorry to hear about your injury though sweetie. Rest Rest & rest ;) said...

My husband used insoles....that was his note of help :)

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