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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Being a Little Cautious

My knee was bothering me just a little during my long run on Saturday.

My knee's been bothering me just enough to scare me into short runs (read: 1 mile) the past few days.

My knee doesn't really hurt, but it's just bothering me enough to worry that it WILL hurt later.

I had to stop marathon training in 2006 because of a knee injury and I really don't want that to happen again.

I'm going to do some more research on possible causes and solutions, while remaining cautiously optimistic that maybe this will just stop.

Anybody else have this problem?


  1. I don't know what's going on with your knee in particular. I know that when I had patellofemoral pain syndrome, the thing that finally fixed it was getting more stable shoes.

    That said, I looked at a lot of the research. For that particular issue, somewhere around 30% of patients seemed to improve with any given treatment - physical therapy, orthotics, taping it, using a brace.

    You might want to think about not running for a week or two and letting it sort itself out before it gets worse. I know that this prescription is the one that every one of us least likes to hear.

  2. I'm a big believer in icing your knees, wrapping/taping them if nessecary--and yes, taking some time off, if needed! I took a few days off in mid July and while I really thought it messed up my actual "running goals" I felt 100% better the following week.

  3. I'm not a runner... wish I could give some advice -- I do know I have trouble with my knees and when/if I do run, it doesn't help... I really hope you'll figure something out so you can keep your goal!!!

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  4. it is a good idea to be cautious. do you do yoga? I always have knee issues when I STOP doing yoga. It totally helps - for me at least. My problem is a tight hamstring. Do you know what is causing it?

  5. I understand your FEAR of knee pain, BUT when you anticipate pain, you tend to change up your stride... as I did for a long time! YOu can end up doing more damage than good.

    Work and focus on strengthing your knees with low impact exercise...such as cycling. This will help build up without over doing it... cross train, cross train, cross train.

    Secondly, cut your runs back until you feel strong again, and get your normal stride back under you...

    Best of luck!

  6. Thank y'all so much for the advice! I'm definitely using it and I'll write a post soon to let you know how it's going.

  7. As someone with knee trouble now and in the past, I'd say rest it for a day or two, then test it out with a short run.

    Trust yourself. Listen to your body.

    If it's still bothering you, start asking yourself questions. Is it my shoes. Am I adjusting my stride? Am I running on pavement too much? Etc., etc.

    Before I tore my ACL I had patella tendentious. This happened in high school and I had to take about three months off. The rest helped, as well as specialized braces.

    I wouldn't panic. You are totally doing the right thing. Be cautious, listen to your body and go from there.