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BiscuitsAreMyDownfall Sun 15-Feb-15 13:55:59

I started running in 2012 and really enjoy it. I especially love Parkrun and doing 10Ks. However I can feel my knees starting to get a bit sore after a good run.

I don't want to stop running, but also don't want to bugger up my knees. Is there something I can do to carry on running? Any exercises or stretches that will help? Do I need to wear supports?

emummy Sun 15-Feb-15 15:34:49

Can be a number of reasons for sore knees. Shoes are important, getting the right ones for you. Tightness in other areas can affect knees, such as your ITB, and regular foam rolling and sports massages can help. Might be worth seeing a Physio if you're not sure of the cause

Boomf Sun 15-Feb-15 15:40:06

Just go careful. Obviously this is a warning sign - many runners ( especially those who run any distance, which you do ) tend to find that their knee joints just start to protest. It's an over use / age thing I think.

I'd consider running less distance and ultimately finding something active that's less impactive on your knees. You only get one set!

BiscuitsAreMyDownfall Sun 15-Feb-15 16:10:14

I do have proper running shoes from a running shop. I always get my gait checked when buying new shoes.

I mainly go to the gym ATM anyway and do other things, but I do want to be running especially when the weather gets nicer. I know 10K is a fair distance, but as its something I do it doesn't feel like it a huge distance anymore. It feels wierd to think of 10K being out of my comfort zone now and quite difficult like a Half Marathon feels to me now.

I guess Im just feeling a bit annoyed that it looks like I might have to give up the running. I love that feeling in my lungs when exercising outside and the buzz that running gives me. I dont get that in the gym. Will have to do squats in the garden grin

RunningGingerFreckleyThing Sun 15-Feb-15 17:13:22

Don't give up! As emummy says, it could be caused by something else. If I dont keep up my specific stretches and physio advised exercises, my left knee hurts. In my case, my left side is weaker which had led to ITB problems which had pulled my kneecap out of place. Went to physio, he assessed, gave me exercises and advised a few weeks off running. It made a huge difference and I have no further issues.
Good luck. Hope you can sort it and get back to running pain free.

RunningGingerFreckleyThing Sun 15-Feb-15 17:14:09

Oh and the initial assessment was about £40.

BiscuitsAreMyDownfall Sun 15-Feb-15 18:10:56

Thanks Running. I might look into physiotherapy if it's not too expensive. I don't have a lot of disposable income so discounted the physio route.

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