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Subject: Knee pain
Training for Louisville in August. During the heaviest part of the training I develop some brutal knee pain. Dr. Says its tendinitis and bursitis and I need to rest it. Race is in like six weeks, I've taken off one solid week of everything and another week with just the swimming. Knee still hurts like heck. Feeling very concerned about the race. I've invested so much time, energy, and money to do this. Has anyone had something similar and finished the race?


2013-07-21 8:41 PM
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I feel your pain. Literally. I had similar knee issues before my first half iron (and my A race) last year. I raced, and my knee gave out on mile 7 of the run, so I had to walk the final 5.5 miles. It was depressing, but I finished. I would suggest (1) ice the knee; (2) use the elliptical for training; (3) go to physical therapy asap and do the strength exercises; (4) consider doing a very conservative run/walk for your IM. I eventually got to where I could run the entire run of an HIM this summer - and honestly it wasn't that much faster than the HIM where my knee gave out. But the key is to be able to manage the pain as best you can, and a run/walk strategy may help you do that.
2013-07-21 9:20 PM
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I tend to develop knee pains after a while and icing mine seems to do the trick. Ice them for 5-10 minutes for each knee after you're done working out. To the point to where they are numb. Don't shower for 10-15 minutes or so afterwards until it's warmed back up. Ice them, even if they don't hurt, after a work out. I get a towel, put a lot of ice in it, and then get the towel wet. This will help transfer the cold to your knee instead of just applying a dry towel with ice in it.

Also, don't sleep with your knees bent and don't cross your legs while sitting (putting leg on top of a knee). I noticed that these things put pressure on my knees. Not painful if I do but I can tell it doesn't feel 100% if I do either of these.
2013-07-22 12:08 PM
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Subject: RE: Knee pain
Originally posted by Rfrailey

Training for Louisville in August. During the heaviest part of the training I develop some brutal knee pain. Dr. Says its tendinitis and bursitis and I need to rest it. Race is in like six weeks, I've taken off one solid week of everything and another week with just the swimming. Knee still hurts like heck. Feeling very concerned about the race. I've invested so much time, energy, and money to do this. Has anyone had something similar and finished the race?



have you tried massage therapy, and/or chiropractic? I have a funky knee and my chiropractor has done a world a good, compared to the docs that just said rest/gave me NASID's...might be something to look into
2013-07-22 2:15 PM
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If you have not, go see a sports trained orthopedist.  Most primary care docs don't have a good handle on sports injuries and the knee jerk answer is rest.  You could benefit from some PT and meds and maybe a brace.  Also embrace aquajogging I know its boring but its running

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