I love how non-runners always seem to be the most opinionated about running injuries. Want an expert opinion on just exactly how bad running is for your knees? Just ask a non-runner. The perfect knees of a lifelong runner obviously mean nothing at all.
Now a certain senior member of my household, whose name I won't mention here (ahem, Honey), is not exactly a non-runner (or an expert runner, for that matter), but an expert on running injuries nonetheless. Or rather an expert on differentiating between running and cycling injuries. Like last week: After returning from his century training ride on Saturday, I noticed that he couldn't turn his head all the way to the left (or right) and obviously had some kind of neck spasm going on. Upon enquiring about this, I was promptly informed about his latest "running injury": A stiff neck... Now, in all my 30+ years of running, I've never had a stiff neck as a result of it, but perhaps I'm just doing it wrong...? He added, of course, that the neck spasm had nothing to do with the fact that he just spent 100+ km on a bicycle, constantly peeking over his right shoulder at oncoming traffic... Sigh. Whatever you say, Dear.
The same anonymous member of my household (with whose permission I'm writing this), is also a big advocate of the "running is bad for your knees" theory. Just take his own knees, for example: There's a chronic pain just to the outside of and under his left knee cap - quite obviously the result of his twice weekly 5 kay runs. The fact that he has been running in the same pair of running shoes since we got married back in 2007 is, of course, of zero importance or relevance here - running is bad for your knees and that's the end of it.
So, in light of all of this, and for the sake of peace and sanity for all, I did what every good running wife would do: I got him a new pair of running shoes for his birthday today. A cushy, bright and beautiful pair. So here's to the end of that chronic knee pain and the beginning of something beautiful - I'm just not too sure that it will take care of the stiff neck, though...?
Happy birthday, Honey!