I'm So Frustrated :(

So after my second knee operation, I was told that I can't do any high impact sports again. This includes jumping, skipping dancing, weights(????) and running. Yeah I don't know why weights... I think the doctor meant more if I'm standing, and then lunges and stuff that people do with it...
It's been about three months since I went on a run, and it is frustrating the hell out of me. I mean, I've been swimming and walking a bit, and frankly I'm a much better swimmer than I ever was, or ever would be, a runner, but with swimming, you can't just go, "Oh let's go swimming now!" For starters, it costs money. Next, the pool is about 8km away, so my friend and I need a car to get there. Therefore, if there is no car in the driveway, we can't go (I can't afford my own car guys... yet...) Then it all needs to be planned around the specific opening hours of the pool, and the lives of anyone else who uses the cars etc. The pool is so confined... when you run, you are running in the open air, and it's like nothing can stop you.. you just keep going... but with swimming, you are in a box... it doesn't matter how fast or slow you go, you are always rapidly approaching an end, and not getting anywhere. There is no way I'm swimming in the ocean either... it's winter... pretty sure I would actually die of hypothermia.
Then there's walking. Well, yeah walking isn't as "high-impact" as running, though after about 3-4km, my knee starts to get pretty painful. So really, I'm limited in how far I can go, not by how tired I get, but by the physical ... almost arthritic... qualities of my knee. And every time I go for a walk, I feel like I just want to run.
If you could understand just how frustrating this is...
Oh and to make it even worse, I've been sick for the past week (great way to start holidays) and haven't done ANY exercise at all >.< I feel so unfit and so ... blughhhhhh
CaitieLynn CaitieLynn
22-25, F
2 Responses Jun 21, 2012

Well good luck with that :) <br />
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Nah I can't cycle.. I've tried but it hurts. Doctor has told me no high impact stuff ever. Because I have some defect in my knee apparently... yeah I used to run on grass all the time... tried not to run on the road...

I haven't been able to run for the past 6 weeks or so, I injured my knee and have missed running a lot. I'm going to give it a try today and see how it feels. Hopefully, it will hold up, if not it's off to the Dr to see what's up.<br />
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In your case, you could try biking or possibly even rollerblading, that might be OK with you knee issues. Have you been taking a supplements for joints? I also only run on dirt or grass- never concrete and try to avoid asphalt, to ease to impact.