Unfortunately, I'm not a runner, though I think it's amazing! Several friends of mine find great comfort, physically, psychologically, and emotionally, in running. They have amazing physiques, too!
One of my sisters is dealing with her grief over my aunt's recent death from leukemia by running in a marathon to raise money for blood disorder research. She's already raised over $2,800!!!
I think it helps immensely to have friends along the way, whether they run with you in person or via an internet connection.
Messing up your knees is something no one wants to do (especially women, who are prone to knee issues to begin with), but have you talked with your doctor or PT about it, Cyndi
? Some of my friends have used special braces or changed the surface they are using (tarmac/asphalt is softer than concrete, sand is even softer than that...) so they could continue running without harming themselves. If you really love running, look into alternatives. Doing exercise you love is so important! Even though I can't run, I use the elliptical at the gym and get the same kind of "high" without any pain.
I recommend our Exercise
and Weight and Resistance Training
forums to everyone here--they are phenomenal and full of amazing experts! As many of you know, Dr. A has already advertised a new version of SBD that is meant to help you lose more quickly. Guess what the secret is? Exercise