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Knees, my poor knees!

So now I'm running for longer I'm finding my knees are getting very sore. I am wondering if different trainers would help or is this just something to put up with? (I don't want to admit to middle age lol!)

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I would be glad to admit middle age... sadly just a memory!

The knees are a pain... I had an issue and it was caused by new bouncy trainers.. Tigger shoes!!!

Are your trainers the same ones that you have run in.throughout. It could just be the longer distances, but you need to sort it. I was on the IC for a while and then wore a support.. went back to my old trainers too :) No problems since.

Are you landing heavily as you go further... I always try on the longer runs to remember Laura's advice about landing lightly... maybe try going slower and concentrating on the way you are running?

There is a bit in here on knee pain, if you scroll down...

womenshealthmag.com/fitness...

I know you are not a beginner, but it sounded useful.. I am sure some of the folk here will have advice too :)

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Thank you for the link to that article. I am using my trainers I started off with and I do get clicks in my knee after running. Am worried now!

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Well if you have concerns..get it checked out ! That way you will put your mind at rest 🙂

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Thanks, I will try and get an appointment at the GP

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Try not to worry.x

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Thanks :) I need to try and go slower, but that is hard to do isn't it. I find I just have a pace that feels right, whether it's too fast I don't know!

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It may sound strange but try some minimalist trainers I have Nike flyknit, it stops you relying on the cushion in your trainers and makes you land soft, I've not gone the whole hog and bought the ones with toes poking out like gloves, but it does make you land differently.

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I agree - I have Vivobarefoot trail running shoes *and* Vivobarefoot walking boots and love them.

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No you don't want to put up with it, first check out shoes with a good running shop, they may be knackered and worn, although served you well, but now altering your running gait, so have a gait analysis done with fitting, best to always keep an eye on your shoes and they will in turn look after you your feet, legs, back, also go with what lovely oldfloss says, our inspiration!😍

Are you doing any Crosstraining on your rest days? maybe try strengthening the leg muscles, those around the knee, strength and flexibility excercises are good. Maybe take on board what we have said and have a break and see how it goes, in the hope the pain will fade.. let us know..😊

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That is good advice davelinks. I don't have anything to train on, and I really am gym averse. Maybe I'll try the Strength and Flex podcast. I do cycle to work but it isn't very far so probably isn't a very good workout

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Yes, all of what davelinks says above is relevant. A word of warning about going minimalist...... beware plantar fasciitis if you have any issues currently. Too shallow a toe to heal drop will worsen the issues!

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Thanks all. I think I will give it a rest this week and maybe go and get a gait analysis next Monday. I don't want to end up with major problems down the line but it did keep me awake last night :(

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