Wednesday, 29 July 2015

On non-runners and "running injuries"

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.

[Photo by Vrystaat Fietsry.]

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!

      

12 comments:

  1. The few times my husband has gone running was in skate shoes. SKATE SHOES. Oh, and swim trunks since he "doesn't believe in shorts." Really? He goes hiking in Sperry's. I married a weird man.

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    1. I laughed so hard when I read your comment - Will runs in his swimming trunks too...! It must be a guy-thing... ;)

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  2. Non-running friends and relations have stopped telling me it'll damage my knees - given how I'm still running well into my 80's. So far I haven't managed to come up with any reasonable excuse to stop....
    Like the look of the shoes you bought for that certain anonymous member of your household. Happy Birthday Mr Anonymous, and happy running!

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    1. Thanks, Gordon - I'll give him the message! And next time the "running knees" conversation comes up, I'll just refer him to you :) .

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  3. I had such a laugh! Happy bday to him

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  4. Haha I love this. And you're right - non-runners are always the experts on these things. ;)

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    1. I usually just keep quiet and smile... :)

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  5. Happy Birthday to him! You handled this perfectly!

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    1. Thanks, Johann! I'll let you know how it goes with his "runner's knee" :) .

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  6. Haha love this post!! Hope he has many happy miles in his new shoes... although not as many as his last pair

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    1. Haha, thanks, Jeanette! I'll try to make sure that this pair doesn't last quite as long :) .

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