the long road to healthy

August 8, 2009


Filed under: 21 day challenge, C25K, fitness — karena @ 6:39 pm

DSC_1017The four of us, June ’08.

Today’s my day off from exercise, so not much to report on.  I’ve spent the day contemplating the future of my *running career* and sports bras.  Aren’t I deep?  And, ironically, one has nothing to do with the other.

I’ve been loving the running.  I love the time out, challenging myself, the fresh air… so much of it.  But one thing I don’t love: I can feel my knees.  They feel… thick and heavy and incredibly present.  And, really, you shouldn’t be able to feel your joints.  Sure, you crack your elbow into the wall and you feel it.  But I shouldn’t be aware of my knees every waking hour of the day.  I’m not in pain yet, but I’ve been dealing with the bum knee thing since high school, and I know this to be a precursor.  The wise me would stop before it starts to really hurt.  If I pull back now, I won’t have to spend a week or two gingerly walking around the house, unable to workout.  I won’t have to send my five year old on errands to go upstairs and get extra diapers for the toddler.  I won’t have to get up in the middle of the night to pop some IB just so I can get some sleep.  But, if I pull back now, I’ll be quitting something I really, really want to accomplish.  Sigh… I know the right thing to do.  I just don’t want to feel like a quitter.

In slightly less despondent news, why in hell is it so difficult to find a good sports bra?  I’ve got about five different kinds upstairs in my drawer and, let me tell you, they all suck.  Probably because they are all sports bras carried by the local department store, rather than a really serious sporting goods place.  I’ve decided, whether I continue to run or not, that I need to invest in a couple really good ones, and damn the price.  So, any suggestions?  I have a suggestion for you — I have no idea of the quality of their product, but you need to go here and take the bounce-o-meter test, just for fun.  And, owww, no wonder it hurts!



  1. Are your knees something your doctor has said you need to worry about? Could it be that they just need to be strengthened?

    Comment by Thea @ Im A Drama Mama — August 8, 2009 @ 8:38 pm

  2. Is it wrong that I just stared mesmerized by the naked boobs? Like seriously looking at the middle picture I can see why my girls hurt!! I’m wearing two sports bras but I hate it. When I can afford a new one, I want to get one for running for bigger boobs. Now that link was just too entertaining! Thank you!!

    Comment by Sarah — August 9, 2009 @ 7:25 am

  3. Thea — I had a pretty serious knee injury when I was in high school — crutches and the like. Yes, strengthening the muscles around the knee would help, some. I hang my head in shame to say this, but I probably haven’t discussed my knee with a doctor in a good ten years. Maybe I should look into it again.

    Sarah — glad you enjoyed the link! I thought it was great! My husband, though, had this horror-stricken look on his face. I think it was the first time he got an idea of what it would be like to run with the girls!!

    Comment by karena — August 9, 2009 @ 7:20 pm

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