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Running & knee PAIN!!(7 posts)

Running & knee PAIN!!markmark
Feb 19, 2002 9:31 AM
Hi all,

I am trying to convenience myself to try the local tri series this year. The biking and swimming training is coming along, but when stepping off the tread mill routine and doing an outdoor 10k training run my knees blow up after about 4-5 miles. I'm older, 49yo, feel like I can run all day, but the knees just can't. Is this normal or have my knees seen better days?
re: Running & knee PAIN!!brider
Feb 19, 2002 9:39 AM
Convenience? Sorry, had to point that out. Not that I'm one to say I've never had a typo... Nevermind. Any way, on to your question. I wouldn't say that outright your knees are toast. The treadmill doesn't transmit shoch as much to the legs as the road, so you're absorbing a lot more stress in the legs running outdoors. I'd recommend running on trails first. Where is the pain exactly? That would go a long ways to helping out with this problem.
transmit shoch??markmark
Feb 19, 2002 12:22 PM
Did you mean shock? Hehe. I am thinking I probably did too much too soon and having only been on the treadmill this winter. Most of the pain was located in the lower part of the knee where knee and lower leg connect and I was on a dirt trail.
I am hoping that this was just an overuse problem or all my iron man hopes will be dashed...haha.

re: Running & knee PAIN!!Tripearce
Feb 19, 2002 11:30 AM
Hmm, since I'm not a orthopedic doctor, it would be hard to tell you what's wrong. However, having had many different problems with my knees (and being an avid triathlete), I can tell you the one remedy they all had in common was strength training and stretching. This helps prevent overuse injuries by strengthening the supportive tissue surrounding the knee and by improving your quad's ability to keep your patella in track. Also, you might consider your form can differentiate on treadmills compared to road running. Many sports med physical therapists have recommended I do a series of squats, lunges, and balance exercises (> than 2/3 my max lifting capacity). Also, if I didnt mention it before... STRETCH STRETCH STRETCH!!!!
Feb 19, 2002 12:07 PM
I am already on to your strength & stretching idea. I already do a lot of this fun stuff several times a week for last 2 years with big emphasis on the legs. I have new running shoes too that local running shop helped select & fit. I probably did too much too soon with the 10k run, is my thinking now.

Plan on going less distance for now,
I'm thinking tendonitis?brider
Feb 19, 2002 12:49 PM
What you describe is the attachment of the patellar tendon to the tibia. If you were young, I'd suggest maybe Osgood Schlater. Since your not in your growing years, it would probably tendonitis. Rest, don't over stretch it. Careful which anti-inflamatories you take, as some tend to crystalize ureic acid in the tendons and cause more damage. In this case also, strngth work would be ill advised until the inflammation is gone.
re: Running & knee PAIN!!Scott Klein
Feb 21, 2002 6:47 PM
As I sit here on my couch reading your post, I have an ice pad on my left knee. I am recovering from orthscopic knee surgery (lateral miniscus damage).

The best advice I can give you is to go your doctor and ask for an MRI. Do this as soon as possible to avoid further damage of your knee ... it doesn't take much, and you might be able to avoid surgery.