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R is for Runner’s Knee

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Jack Sh*t

    I like the sound of those Crazy Ivans!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      They are a lot harder than they look!

  2. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    Yep–all those exercises sound familiar to me! I think I’ve done them all at one point or another to come back from knee and/or leg injuries. I also really like doing pigeon pose (yoga) to help loosen up the hips. Hang in there . . . you’ll back to it in no time! 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thank you, Michelle! I hope it gets better soon. It’s been almost a month of discomfort and pain. 🙁 I got an x-ray of my knee this morning per my doc. Hopefully I hear something soon.

      I forgot about pigeon pose. That’s a great one!

  3. tina

    I’ve seen a physio for my back and my shoulders. I get major muscle pain in my back and a few months ago it didn’t go away for a couple of days and suddenly I could hardly move or function. Basically, I don’t work my abs enough and don’t have enough core strength so when I do ab exercises or things that require core strength I put pressure on my back, which hurts it. So it’s a bit of a vicious circle. He gave me some great exercises to do when that muscle pain starts to nip it in the bud, and smaller exercises to do to work my core. Then two weeks ago at the gym I was with my PT doing a fly, on an incline bench, and i felt myself getting ‘wonky’ in my form and thought screw it, i’ll just force myself back up and do it again properly. That ‘wonky’ feeling and pushing the weights back up was my shoulder slipping out of its socket!! It didn’t hurt (apparently i’m quite flexible) but it’s a sign of weakness and my PT told me to go check it out, and he was pleased she sent me, and he wrote her a letter explaining what to do and what to avoid and she was impressed with him; so everyone is happy! It’s great to find and have a good physio.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Can you share some of your exercises he gave you?

      For me, when I have back pain it’s usually related to not working my core (like you) or my hamstrings are really tight–which can happen a lot for me. My boyfriend Michael suffered from horrible, crippling back pain for nearly 2 years. He did physical therapy and stretches, we got massages, I tried to get him to do yoga to see if that helped, he went to the chiropractor weekly.In the end, what cured his back pain was starting kettlebell workouts!

  4. Diane, fit to the finish

    I’ve had to do some of those exercises. My runner’s knee seems to come and go. I hope that you can get completely healed.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’m sorry to hear about your experiences with the condition, too. What causes your flare ups?

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