Oct. 4th, 2010

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Hi,

I did my first triathlon - sprint distance - at the end of August, and frankly I'm getting all ahead of myself and thinking Ironman thoughts one day. Anyway. It was great fun and I finished in under two hours, and didn't walk, and this pleases me, given my ambition was to finish at all.

I also did a 7 km road run recently, and I've been doing Shotokan karate (traditional style, legendarily hard on the knees) for a few years, and I've recently taken up capoeira. So I'm slightly worried that my knees are going to explode. I get some pain when I've clearly overworked them, but it's not chronic or anything.

I know the glucosamine-chondroitin combo is supposed to be good, but I don't eat fish, and I'd rather not take it on ethical grounds. (No judgement implied of people who do take it, and I don't really want to get into a discussion about my diet - it's just not right for me.)

I've got in the habit of wearing elasticated bandages to support my knees when running or doing karate, though I've also heard that they can do more harm than good, so I'm a bit nervous about that now.

I've heard one cause of knee pain in runners is weak quadriceps compared to hamstrings, so I figure I can hit the (horrible horrible difficult painful) machine at the gym where you sit and straighten your legs against the weights. (And frankly I need better quads for my karate anyway.) And I've heard running backwards can sort of balance things out if you've worked one set of muscles around your knees too hard, and helps you maintain fitness without making things worse.

Any other ideas?

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