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Discussion in 'General Off Topic Discussion' started by Sgt. Serious, Mar 25, 2009.
Any runner will understand.
Any non-runner - well who cares what they think!
That's basically what I thought as well
Are you not worried about further damaging your knees?
Yes but I'm also worried about becoming obese
Well there is other exercise types that don’t put so much on the knees? Swimming as an example.
That would be worse as I'm not a strong swimmer. Knees are pointless on a corpse
I used to do cycling as an alternative to running but I don't currently have, nor can I afford, a decent road bike. However, once I can afford one (along with all the necessary kit) that will become my favoured choice of exercise again.
I've also considered just running on grass - is this likely to be less impact heavy on my knees?
Definitely. Softer ground and decent running shoes with soft insoles will hugely reduce knee impact.
You could even add in some gel insoles to reduce it further.
Well maybe the cycling will be better then on your knees when you get the chance to get back into that.
And to your grass and impact question, I’m glad Mike answered as I didn’t have a clue
My current running shoes are approximately 15 years old and I've kept them because of the softness of the insoles - never really considered this as a health benefit though, more for comfort. I was going to ask about the gel insoles though - would those have a positive impact on road running?
I think I'm definitely going to consider grass though. There is somewhere about 10 mins from me (in car) that I could go and get some decent distance ran on grass
Yeah they would. The issue is the shock that gets sent through your knees every time your foot lands down on a hard surface. So anything you can do to add “cushion” to that will help.
There’s also techniques to learn about how to actually land your foot on the floor. It’s quite common for people to just plant their foot flat on the floor with each step which doesn’t help. There’s rolling techniques which basically involve landing with your heel and rolling through your foot and then springing from your toes. That helps too.
Yeah that shock is what doctors have spoken to me about in the past and that's why cycling became such a big thing for me.
As for the rolling of the foot, that intrigues me. So it is in essence land on the heel and then bring the rest of the foot down? Funny you should mention this as I was conscious of how I was planting my foot today and a change of style half way round did seem to help. However, it did feel as though I was landing ever so slightly on the outer edge of my foot and then bringing the rest down which doesn't seem all that great to me
15 years! I'm sure you're meant to replace every 500 miles.
Oh, maybe that's not helped then
They have mainly been gym shoes so only used indoors but they've been used quite a lot with outdoor running.
They are starting to finally crumble so will be replacing fairly soon anyway. Decent running trainers seem to be bloody expensive though
Yeah that’s quite natural as on the inside of the foot it arches up so there isn’t actually anything there to land on, so it will feel like the outside is bearing all the weight.
It doesn’t work for everybody, I always land with the front of my foot but my knees are fine lol. So it might be worth a try.
In theory landing on the front of your foot should always be better. You ankle is designed to absorb impacts, if you strike with your heel first all of that force goes straight through your ankle onto your knees and your hips, which aren't designed to absorb impacts. Having never really done much running I don't know how easy it is to adapt to run that way, but if you can (obviously you already do) then it's far better for you in the long term.
Thanks Mr Google x
A whole year of Biomechanics will help x You cunt
Who runs ankle first? Certainly be an interesting take on the art of running
What are you talking about?
I meant to say heel. If you're hitting heel first walking is probably better