Knee Pain from Running: My Knee Jerk Reaction
My knee is being a total jerk. Just a few weeks into my 10K training, my knee and I are already in a fight. Already making me think that I’m going to fail my No. 1 Most Important Goal: No Injuries. I take that back: I’m not going to get injured because I’m not going to stupidly ignore the pain and carry on like it’ll just magically disappear.
My right knee is not being Ms. Congeniality or anything, but it’s my left knee that’s being the real swear word. I ran through it the other day and it started feeling better after a mile or so, only to be way worse yesterday as soon as I bumped the pace up from a walk. Seriously? I’d expect this from my ankle. Or shins. But my knee? This is a new one. And even though I’m a running hater, I’m actually getting excited for the 10K! I was running my scheduled runs! And weirdly looking forward to them.
I’d been doing everything right. I didn’t think I’d overdone anything. With my easing into running strategy, I haven’t even gone over 2.5 miles for a single run. But as running is the only thing that’s new that I’ve added into my workouts lately, I’m going to ease up (aka QUIT) running for a week and see where I am. A preliminary Googling shows that maybe my hip muscles are weak or maybe my muscles are really tight. Interestingly, my left hip has been killing me in the mornings, like I’m an old lady or something, since well before I attempted running, so maybe there is truth to that Google diagnosis. It actually wouldn’t be all that surprising as my trainer had mentioned hip and thigh weakness being an area women should work on after giving birth. Not to mention, oh, my aching back lately. I’m a barrel of fun, right?
So, I’m going to focus on strengthening my core and leg muscles. And then I will ever so gingerly try again. Wish me and my knee luck.
Have you ever had knee pain from running? What cured it? —Erin