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Old 08.01.2015, 18:11
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Good job, I would strongly recommend to manage to run in winters too, even if it is not the same distance. It is about the clothing, so if you have the right gear it is kind of fun running in -2 to +5 with snow around. Even evening runs with light on your head is fun. Just that be cautious of the icy patches.

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I ran at 10pm last night without a head torch but by the light of the (almost) full-moon.

Any icy patches shimmered silver in the moon light.
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Re: Running beginner

There is still plenty of ice on the Uetliberg on the relatively low paths (<600m) simply because it is not getting enought sunlight.

If you are running in such conditions endeavour to land with your weight over your landing point.

If you are in snow you'll get OK grip in normal shoes, better grip in "trail" shoes and incredible grip in a "fell" type shoe - Inov8 Mudclaws for example. The downside is that on level ground, for a sustained period, you'll feel the aggressive sole.
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Re: Running beginner

About 3 weekends ago, I went for a 45km bike ride and used my winter biking shoes, where the cleats haven't been properly adjusted (stupid me). My left knee was a little sore afterwards, but nothing too bad. I then did a 9km run the following day and a further couple of 5km runs during the week. Ever since, I've had soreness and stiffness in the knee that doesn't seem to go away, though it seems to be improving gradually. I was able to ski pain-free on it last weekend, but I haven't run, biked or even been spinning on it since. Should I just let it rest up and heal completely? At which point should I consider seeing my GP?
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About 3 weekends ago, I went for a 45km bike ride and used my winter biking shoes, where the cleats haven't been properly adjusted (stupid me). My left knee was a little sore afterwards, but nothing too bad. I then did a 9km run the following day and a further couple of 5km runs during the week. Ever since, I've had soreness and stiffness in the knee that doesn't seem to go away, though it seems to be improving gradually. I was able to ski pain-free on it last weekend, but I haven't run, biked or even been spinning on it since. Should I just let it rest up and heal completely? At which point should I consider seeing my GP?
Being an experienced runner the best advice I can give when feeling pain is to stop running (biking, skiing etc.)until the pain is gone. Then you start again very slowly and if the pain returns you stop immediately and wait again. Annoying yes, but nos as much as causing damage of a more permanent character.

To the question about seeing the GP my experience is to go see him only to get referred to a physiotherapist or a specialised sports clinique. A GP will have limited help to offer, again in my experience.
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Being an experienced runner the best advice I can give when feeling pain is to stop running (biking, skiing etc.)until the pain is gone. Then you start again very slowly and if the pain returns you stop immediately and wait again. Annoying yes, but nos as much as causing damage of a more permanent character.

To the question about seeing the GP my experience is to go see him only to get referred to a physiotherapist or a specialised sports clinique. A GP will have limited help to offer, again in my experience.
Thanks. That's was my thinking, just stay off it until the pain/discomfort goes away. The reason I mentioned my GP was exactly as you said; to get a referral to a sports injury specialist.
Actually, the weekend after I did it, the wife and I went on an 8km hike. Probably not the best idea under the circumstances .
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Re: Running beginner

Try to do very gentle stretching while having "time off" - although if you are uncertain how to stretch/strengthen the correct areas it might not be a bad idea to see a sports physio and possibly have some good massage to balance other muscle groups. If you are running now when there may be ice it isn't unlikely you are landing just slightly differently, doesn't take much to mess things up.

I used to have on/off problems with one knee, and tightening akin to shin splints (but not). I had (have?) an amazing massage therapist in Cambridge who was always able to get me back running again. His kneading sessions are what I miss most from my former life
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