Painful knees

Hi I posted a few wks ago about starting c25k n my knees hurting so that I had to give up after the first run of wk 2. That was almost 3 wks ago, since then I have stuck to walking n done some stretching n strengthening exercises. Would love to give it a go again but my knees r still quite sore! OK when walking but they hurt when I go downstairs or kneel on them. Surely that's not normal after such a long rest! Shld I start again or wait until I'm completely pain free? Exercises like squats n lunges also hurt.

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  • Try spinning and Yoga, both are good for the knees and will help you get back into running.

  • Have you sought any professional advice? Might be worth checking with a doctor/physio to be on the safe side. All the best.

  • These are the exercises my physio gave me for knee trouble. They do work but you have to do them very regularly. I suffered terribly with knee pain as I progressed through the programme but left it too late to get proper advice and ended up unable to run for 2months after I graduated. The exercises, my lovely physio and cheap gel insoles to cushion the landing when running all helped my get back out there again. Do be extra careful though because your ligaments are probably still a bit soft after having your baby. Good luck

  • Thanks everyone. I've seen an osteopath who reckons it's the muscles pulling on the joint in different directions (or something like that!) Hence the need to strengthen. My muscles must b a lot weaker than I thought! My little one is 7 months now but I had been exercising prior to pregnancy tho not running. Just a bit frustrating to have to stop so early on! Ancient mum thank u for the exercises n will def try those. Hopefully I can get back into it soon!

  • I struggled with my knees in the early weeks! If you look at the replies to my early posts you'll see lots of great advice.

    I personally found it to be my shoes causing the problems. Towards the end of the programme I tried my old trainers to see if it was indeed them causing the trouble and it was. Not as bad as before but enough to warn me off using them again! I've been injury free ever since.

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