My name is John, from Florida. I'm a 33 year old guy who is at 250, down from 265 a month ago and has just started running over the last 3 weeks. Was doing about 2-3 miles every other day walking and jogging. Everything was great till I ran the other night. I woke up and my left knee was kinda sore. I wrapped it and iced it that night and it was fine. I took another day off and then ran again, for a short distance of 1.8 miles. About 2-3AM that next morning my other knee started killing me. Which brings me to this day. Knee is hurting, ibuprofin kills the pain, and I am wrapping it and icing it, but this is kinda frustrating. I want to get out there and run, but I don't want to further damage my knee, and it hurts too much to run. I think the pain will subside, but Its hard to gain more distance over time with injuries like this. I am using Run Keeper to track my progress for the first month, then I will start the C25K program, as I have signed up for the FL January 29th Warrior Dash. I used to be in great shape 9 years ago and want to get back there utilizing running as my cardio. I have some Saucony shoes that seem to support me well, and have not been pushing myself too much (in my opinion), but would like to progress a little faster without these roadblocks.
Any suggestions as far as the knee pain, or do you think I am pushing too far too fast?
This is a great forum as far as I can see from reading some threads over the last 2 weeks.
Where is your knee hurting? Front, back, outside, inside.
The left knee was bothering my just generally around the knee, and could not really pinpoint the pain. The right knee is a different story. It is hurting just about an inch below the knee and just a tad toward the inside from the front. It almost feels like a bruise if I put slight pressure on it.
first off- I am also in Fl (Tampa) and have been toying with the warrior dash... it just looks too insane and fun to pass up!
second- I also suffer from knee pain. I don't know where yours is, but if it feels behind and almost under the knee and you feel a pressure there and on the sides when you run, it will be similar to mine. I have been in therapy for it, since I want to run more and was concerned about injuring myself to the point of sitting out. a lot of what I do in therapy is to strengthen the muscles supporting the knees- while I have been active, I just picked up running a couple months ago. I do a lot for my quads, and hamstrings. another thing is alignment and form. lastly, good stretching... I am a big supporter of a foam roller to help with this. aside from the slight cmp, I also have a tight IT band which pulls the knee. using the foam roller really helps. my therapist even suggested using a rolling pin since it's not as awkward to position and use as the roller, and he was right! I even used it in the car on the way to my last race... (I was not driving!)
hope some of these tips help. I know it's soooooooooooo frustrating to be injured and the thought of sitting out just stinks. especially after starting off so well and getting into running.
You have a choice- you can throw in the towel, or use it to wipe the sweat off your face
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From your brief description, these sound like a couple of classic running overuse injuries: Chondromalacia patella (runner's knee) for the left knee, and pes anserine bursitis for the right knee. See these articles, for example, for more info on symptoms, causes and treatment:
Pes anserine bursitis: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00335
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Thanks for the fast replies. Seems like you really nailed the pains I had/have. I guess I need to rest them for a few days and ease back into it. I think strecthing and working on the muscle strength in my legs are key to not having to deal with this again, or as often.
Hit them hard with NSAIDS around the clock and give them enough rest to get better. I had knee problems, same as in your right and didn't rest it enough. Ended up unable to run for two weeks. I finally have no pain and now am struggling to find my motivation. It got lost somewhere in the process.
Running in the wrong type of shoes can most definitely contribute to knee pain. I recommend going to a running specialty store -- ask an employee to get fitted for a proper pair of shoes. They will be expensive, but it'll be worth it.
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