Posts Tagged ‘knee injury’

Recently, I have noticed that when my 2 year old son does something successfully he turns to us and screams “I did it!” with his hands raised in the air.  It fun to see his excitement. I think we all need to recognize our accomplishments in life, no matter how big or small.

Last week, I ran 1 mile. I did it! 1 mile. It was my first mile in almost 3 months.  Oh, how I have missed running. I took it super easy for fear of the “strain” to come back to my outer knee.

Something that I recommend for everybody who is interested in running, is proper running techniques. Last week, before my 1 mile run, I had a friend that is an avid runner teach me more about proper running techniques.  Avoiding heel striking, posture, arms, cadence, etc. It was a great lesson.  He works at Runner’s Corner in Orem, UT. He filmed me “before” and “after”. Let’s just say there is a big difference.  It works different muscles and it feels like I am starting from scratch when running.

Is it worth it?  Yes. My friend and I think that my heel striking was a big factor in my knee injury.

I have not exactly been running. It has been two months since I ran last.  I keep having this feeling to wait, so I do. What I have been doing is working out.  For work, they allow us to use the weightlifting facility that the football players use (Thank you Southern Utah University).  This has saved me a lot of money. The other great thing…. there is a trainer there to help out.  Most of the time there are only a few of us so we get him all to ourselves.  Of course, we focus on exercises for runners.

If you have experienced a knee injury similar to mine (friction where the IT band connects with the knee) then this is for you.

I asked him about what types of exercises to do for my type of injury.  Nothing against the dr or the physical therapist, but this guy seemed to know more about what to do than they did.  He gave me the following exercises to use to focus on quad’s and hamstring.

Barbell Deadlifts, exercise ball curls and the third which I don’t have a name for… but you are on your knees with a person behind you holding down your feet. I fall forward catching myself and then slightly pushing back up, but most of the effort of getting up comes from your legs and core.

I have also been doing squats, lunges, bench press, and others.  It has been great. I have been challenged, but not too overwhelmed.

Running to commence

Posted: October 17, 2011 in Uncategorized
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I am either going to run this week or first of next week. I can’t believe it has been over a month since I ran last.

The pain is still at the front of my mind. I really don’t want to rush it if my knee needs more time to rest, but I am getting anxious to run.

We run as a family. Half marathon in st. George in January. That is my goal.

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My sister ran the Little Grand Canyon Marathon on Saturday. I was pleased to take Kyden to Emery county to watch and support her on the big day.

I was able to see her start and see the excitement/nervousness of the runners.  It really made me wish that I was running that day. I had really hoped to be there with Emily, step by step. The training I received that day was to build up the excitement while I wait for my knee to heal (still in physical therapy). I also felt happy to be there and cheer her on.

On the way to the finish line we passed a few runners here and there and even a few cars coming away from the race.  Here is one of the “wash” areas where flood water can drain without ruining the road. As we were racing down to see Emily, I was super nervous we were going to miss her crossing the line. At 8 miles left I was zooming and splashed through this one. Coming opposite direction was a buick and yes, they got splashed. It was not until after they passed that my sister Liz said… “there windows are down! both of them!” Yep, we splashed them with muddy water. they were drenched and according to my parents (in the vehicle behind us), the driver and passengers in the back were drenched with muddy water. Needless to say, we laughed for an extended period of time.gully

I would like to clarify that these people are not your stereotypical runners. As the race was ending (fast forward a few hours) I realized that these people were finishing the marathon in 4 hours and above. Some probably came in at 6 hours (when we were leaving there were two ladies that were finishing the race with the motto complete not compete). It gave me hope that even I could do it. I even saw a guy from Tokyo that was stopping to enjoy the scenery. Just a reminder that we take for granted our beautiful scenic mountains/red rock. We do live in a beautiful state.  I really feel that this will be the marathon I run next year. There was even a guy that has supposedly run 770 marathons. that is awesome. Here is his photo. (guy on left) that is inspirational.

We found emily with about 6 miles to go. We were so proud of her as she was making a great pace.  We shouted our cheers and moved on. We stopped at a spot with about 2 miles to go.  I quickly changed and waited for her. I figured my knee could hold out for 2 miles.  The pain started back up in my knee two blocks in and a half mile later another pain behind my knee started.  But no stress, I just thought of how much pain Emily might be in and it was more important for me to be there to support her. Not sure if she liked it, but I chatted about random things to help take her mind off of it.  The desert heat was almost too much.

As we got closer we pealed away from Emily so she could cross on her own. She did it!

So proud of her and I can’t wait for my chance to run in a Marathon. Yes, I want to run a Marathon. I had asthma growing up as a child, but I overcame it. I have a knee injury, but it will heal. I will run in a marathon next year.

August 27th was a long day. One of the best ever! We decided to run the fish lake relayback in July when we ran the liberty 5k in richfield.

Our team name – slower than cold tar sponsored by Blake electric co.

Team: Slower than Cold Tar

Start time: 6:30am

I was excited to run but nervous for my knee. My first run was practically up hill and surprisingly my knee did not hurt as bad as my calf muscles.

My knee on the second run was ok to start off. I could tell there was pain but bearable. About 1 or 1.5 mileage into this run the pain became excruciating. With about 3 miles to go it felt like the energy in my knee went out. Each step sent a Sharp pain on the outside Of my knee. Yes it was hot outside but that was not my problem.

The pain almost brought me to tears but I was determined not to let myself or ky team down. I dug deep and began to think that people that have been key players in my life. That is what kept me going. I only stopped for water but to get going again was hard for the pain was greater on start up. I knew each step was painful but it would get me closer to my goal. I am grateful for my team as they helped me get through the last few miles.

Let’s just say that each of us had our struggle on our 2nd leg. Between the heat and longer miles each of us were dealing with some sort of adversity. It was a humbling experience to watch team members push through each step.


We completed our first relay as a team. I could not have been more proud of my team. Can’t wait for my knee to heal so I can get back to running.

What keeps you motivated?