the knees and the lungs

I am making progress, but slowly.  I really, really struggle to finish the training that I’m supposed to do, but I do manage to finish it and I haven’t been discouraged enough to quit yet.  But my last two runs (higher speed & on the treadmill) have left me with soreness in my knees that persists for a day or two afterward.  It’s on the inside and feels like my knees will bend in either direction, so that’s kind of weird.  I googled it and got all kinds of terrifying results about how my legs are going to fall off, but I don’t really think that’s what’s going on.  The people I know who run say it’s probably because I’m heavy, and hopefully as I get lighter they’ll hurt less.

They don’t hurt when I’m actually running.  What hurts when I’m running are my lungs.  Everyone says to inhale for four counts and exhale for four, but I can’t get enough air that way.  I breathe in for two counts and I feel like I’m suffocating and I literally can’t get more air.  And this is when I use the inhaler ahead of time.  Asthma sucks.

I’m supposed to up my running this week to 1:30/3:30, but I’m not sure I’m ready.  I really struggled through the 1:00/4:00 intervals yesterday and had to add a total of three minutes of walking in order to get through the running.  I will try to do 1:30/3:30 tomorrow but I’m really not very confident about my chances.  We’ll see.  Is it better to get through six intervals of 1 minute running & 4 walking, or is it better to only finish a few intervals of 1:30/3:30?

It’s tough right now.  But I’m not quitting.  I will run those four miles in September if it kills me.  It’s just that lately I’m thinking it actually might.


#1 Kristen on 04.19.10 at 4:47 pm

Ice and heat will help! I have an ice/heat pack from CVS- I do about 15 min ice on each knee and then pop it in the microwave and 15 heat on each. Presto- you’re all better the next day!

#2 Lauren on 04.19.10 at 7:44 pm

Heya Lorie,

I often get achy knees when I run. Not sure if this will help you, but I try to do a few sets of wall squats after to stretch and strengthen. They are a bitch, but it helps.

Keep it up!

#3 Kate on 04.19.10 at 9:21 pm

I totally felt the same way when I started running. Remember: you don’t have to go FAST. If that’s what you’re struggling with, slow down and go a further distance. I did a couch to 5k program, which worked really well for me. I didn’t have the best time when I finished the race, but I FINISHED and it felt awesome!

Now I’m thinking about training for a 10k.

You can do it!

#4 Katharine on 04.19.10 at 10:20 pm

I would say practice your breathing techniques even when you’re walking, say, to and from your car. Four counts may be an average, but that may not work for you, so make adjustments; I think the point is to just keep your breathing even.