However, shortly after she e-mailed off that very article to Diet Blog (encouraging everyone to look like an ass like Crabby does and give Race-Walking a try), Crabby went out on her own morning Race-walk and did a very silly thing. She broke into a run! And she kept running the whole way. Bad, bad Crab. She just said the hell with her screwed up knees and hoped that somehow they were magically different knees now.
It was warm but raining lightly--way better weather for running than walking, and the songs on her iPod were really running songs, not walking songs, and she had that little burst of energy that comes from perfectly-timed caffeine ingestion, and there was a soft dirt trail to entice her off the hard asphalt one and everyone else was running too and... she just couldn't help herself.
Oddly enough, her knees hurt afterwards. Is this perhaps the reason she has given up running over and over and over again? She knows from experience that if she keeps running, her knees will continue to hurt more and more until regular walking is painful too.
But maybe this time it will be different?
Crabby first began to have knee problems when she started running at 17. She is now 47. Yeah, sure, maybe this time it will be different.
But, damn it, she likes to run so much better than she likes to walk!
Over at Diet Blog, she limited herself to one complaint about Race-Walking, which is that it looks absurd. But she has others; mainly that it doesn't feel nearly as good as running does. When Crabby is power-walking she always wishes she were running.
Yet there have been times in her life when running has been only minimally injurious. She could actually do it for months or even years at a time before having to give it up again. Crabby keeps hoping to hit that magical sweet spot again.
Here are some things she has tried over the years, some of which worked for awhile:
- Running in only really expensive running shoes.
- Running only on soft surfaces.
- Running only uphill.
- Running with orthotics.
- Running with a different pair of orthotics.
- Running while wearing huge hideous neoprene sleeves with funny looking kneecap holes cut out of them.
- Running only once or twice a week and alternating with:
- a gym stair-climber;
- an old-fashioned regular aerobics class;
- bicycle riding;
- a step-aerobics class;
- a squeaky home stair-stepper;
- a low-impact aerobics class;
- a rowing machine;
- a gym elliptical machine;
- uphill walking; and
Which would be really dumb, since there are other perfectly good aerobic alternatives. Like, for example, Race-Walking.
Crabby should not be so foolish; she promises herself that she won't go running ever again. Probably. Possibly. At least not unless it rains again and the music is really, really good.
How about you all? Any aches or injuries keep you from exercising the way you'd like?