I am starting to get active again after a year of being a couch potato. I don't have any flat trails near my home to train on. This leaves me to either asphalt or concrete. I've noticed after my runs that my knees start to hurt. What can I do to stop and prevent the pain?
P.S. I don' want to drive my car to the local high school because I am trying to save on gas.
It may just be mental, but I find that, given the choice between asphalt or concrete, the asphalt is easier on legs over the course of a run. I do mostly road running, but can mix in the occasional trail run or dirt road.
The knee pain could be due to a lot of things. Running on hard surfaces can be one of many things which can contribute to it. I have very recently started to put ice packs on my legs (mostly knees) after running and it seems to be helping. As people and situations are different, you may want to provide more information about your running habits and post in the med tent forum.
Best of luck!
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There is a reason buildings are built out of concrete and not asphalt -- density.
In regard to your knees -- if I can assume something from your post -- if you are just starting out running and your knees are already hurting I would not think the surface is the reason for the hurt.
I would check your running shoes first. You may have a pair of shoes which stabilize the feet and not need that type of shoe -- or just the opposite could be true.
Knee problems/hurt usually begin with the feet.
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