hey there i am new to running and i am into my second week of the 'couch to 5k' and i think my knee might be injured.. i say think because it looks like theres fluid building up around it but its not sore...but is a bit stiff,,, is this usual or should i take action????... (i should mention its my second attempt at running and last time i ended up with very swollen ankles.. and had to take 2 weeks off work because i could barely walk..........)
so im being ultra careful this time... can anyone tell me what im doing wrong please... or if they have had as much trouble as i'm having....!!!
my history is that im 41 and have not really ever exercised,, so i am pretty unfit altough not over weight or anything..HELP PLEASE..
First and foremost, it would be in your best interest to get medical clearance by having a physical. Only because you say you havent really excercised. Just starting at the age of 41 calls for a little bit of caution to make sure that any risk factors for heart disease are addressed. Second, if you are already getting injured, you may either need to start out with a walking program for a bit of time or you may have an imbalance that is causung you issues. Have you been fitted for running shoes at a running store? This is very important as the staff will analyze your form and determine which shoes are right for you. Also know that ice can be a runners best friend. Please keep us posted on your progress.
prompt reply... i have been fitted for shoes at a running store here in ireland, guy who fitted me is a veteran marathon runner. i havent had a physical in quite a while. so ill line one up in the next few days. I have started to ice my knee already too. how long would you recommend for a walking programme? thank you for your help...
do you think running on grass might help?
Thats a good start! As far as a walking program goes, what I am really trying to emphasize is that you need to start slow. really slow. If you do to much too fast, you will end up injured. When you end up injured, youre not very likely to continue doing it. Start out with something like the c25k which is taylored for someone like you. Remember, you can always do less than the program calls for. Everyone is different and needs to follow their own pace. If you get fatigued or feel pain, stop and walk, thats how we all started out!
A s i have gotten older, grass has become a dear friend to my running. not only is it much more forgiving, the unevenness of the terrain will help to strengthen your ankles and knees.
That is excellent advice Brad Thank you. I have tried the C25K, couch to 5K plan and its not that I get tired or anything (not so much anyhow!!) but as I said knee started to get sore and once bitten twice shy, (after ankle-gate) I will rest it before I do any more damage.
I am however going to book a physical today and more than likely start walking before I run again (pardon the pun). Thanks again.