Week 3 run 1

Well I rested from tues mornings run to this morning, Thursday, and started week 3 and I managed it! My knees are not liking mynew passion. And although I think I am jogging rather than running I am loving this so much. I just really don't want my knees to get in the way. Anyone know of any exercises that will help them? I am becomming totally addicted and will not be happy if I end up having to stop!


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  • Hi Redfinn, as a newbie I am not really qualified to advise , but have you had a look on the C25K Home page as there are some knee exercises you can do to try and stop pain, injury. Could be worth try ? I have printed them off and stuck them up on my wall next to my running chart , just so I remember to do them. Good Luck , its great isn't it ? :-)

  • I'm not really qualified either Redfinn but, being about to start w5, I do know that the near permanent knee pain I had in the early weeks has resolved a lot since I started stretching after each run. It is very easy to get totally hooked, isn't it? Enjoy yourself and don't forget those stretches.

  • Thanks for the advise :) Will have a look a the exercises and will increase my stretching too. Anything to keep going - and its nice to hear that even though it gets harder people are still hooked. I haven't dared look at week five yet!!

  • HHhhhmmm apparently running does not help my spelling :)

  • Pilates or yoga are both good to do on non-running days and should help loosen you up and strengthen your muscles (Pilates especially good for this). With regard to you saying you are jogging rather than running, guess what, ha, ha! Most of us are jogging! It's only since about week 7 that I started to really lengthen my stride for the last minute or so of the run that I was actually doing something that resembled RUNNING. Usually it's a soft shoe shuffle that just about passes for a jog! Well done on your progress - you will get there. Best wishes.

  • If you are new to running, or any form of exercise then it does take a while for your body to get used to it. It soon passes as you start running regularly.

  • I had really bad knee pain around the same time as you and had never really run before. Firstly, most aches and pains will go away - listen to your body and remember this is all new to it. Secondly, get a running shop to do a gait analysis if you can - sometimes new shoes or even inserts in existing shoes can help. I swear by a jumpers knee brace (strap just below the knee cap) and (when I need it) BioFreeze gel after a run.. That helped when I had some bad days.

    Right now at week 6 and I'm pain free... And honestly I think most of it is down to my body getting used to it... Don't run through 'real pain' though... Get it checked!

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