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The doctor I work for keeps telling me that running is bad for my knees.  This man does not run.  In fact, I remember the days when he would jump on his NordicTrack for five minutes, saying, “You just need to get your blood pumping!” and that would be the extent of his exercise for the day.  I probably don’t need to tell you that he’s what Paul Simon calls “soft in the middle.”

This doctor is continually telling me about some person he knows who ran for years and now has bad knees.  He contends that short distances like 5Ks and 10Ks are all right, but those longer distances will “wreck your knees.”  He asked me last week, “When you run those half marathons, how do your knees and hips hold up?”  I responded as sweetly as I could through gritted teeth, “They hold up just fine.”

So this week, I’m giving him this article.  And this one.  Along with this study by the American College of Sports Medicine.

It probably won’t change his mind, but maybe it will at least shut him up.


About Karen Koch

I like the old-fashioned lifestyle. All this new-fangled stuff baffles me sometimes. I cherish living out in the country, raising chickens and rabbits, planting fruit trees, and enjoying a slow life filled with beautiful words and ideas. I don't always achieve a slow life. I teach middle school English and manage a little burgeoning farm with my husband, and somewhere in the midst of that, I try to find time for writing, running, knitting, reading, and playing the ukulele. And sometimes, I actually succeed.

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