Couch to 5K

Knee is hurting. Week 2 Run 2 🏃

Ok so after 5 sessions today was the worst. Cardio wise it was great and I felt comfortable. But, my knee was far from comfortable. It started hurting after run 1 last week but I put it down to me being over weight and the route having inclines. I've tried starting from my parents house which is flatter. It feels like it needs to crack. Hard to describe. I've booked to have an assessment done with a physio at work but I have run 3 planned for Friday and don't know what to do. I don't want to undo all the hard work so soon in the plan. I'm devastated. 🙁

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Me again! .. I wondered how you could have done so many runs and be on week 1, but it's still early days. Don't run on it if it hurts and you have an assessment about to be done on it. I would work on walking fast for a time, rather than continuing with the plan before you start putting weight on it by running. As it is week two I would say you are not used to running much. Better to build up a few miles by brisk walking first.

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Dont despair. Everryone hurts when they start. Veyr few people have previously undiagnosed major knee issues. You may need more rest days. You may need to do more strengthening exercises. But if you persevere you will get through it.

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You've now given me an ear worm of "Everybody hurts".

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Oh God. Sorry.

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I share your frustration. I have got all the way to week 9 run 2 and can't do the final run because I have pulled a muscle I didn't even know I have. All I can do is wait for it to get better. I know from bitter experience a few years ago that exercising on painful joints is not a good idea. Then it was knee pain which I ignored, went for a 10 mile walk because I didn't want to miss it and then took several months before I could walk that far again.

Don't do it. Wait to see the physio then do exactly what they tell you no matter how annoying. You will get to the end quicker that way. Good luck with the recovery and the rest of the programme.

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I agree with Rignold - the first few weeks make you use bits of your body that even your body had forgotten about - it takes a while for them to get their heads around being back at work. Take it gently, and maybe check on your shoes... do you have enough support?

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I do have decent running shoes but I did buy them pre children, so I'm wondering if I may need my gait checking again. Kids ruin your body so I imagine they've changed that too 😂

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I would recommend doing that. Depending on the age of your children, you may be running with shoes that are museum pieces in terms of running technology.... I know that when I started, my trainers were ones I'd bought in 2004 - eight years previously. Hello shin splints. I felt the difference when I bought a pair of cheap new running shoes (I was convinced I'd ever finish the programme, I'm now on my third pair).

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My eldest is 4. They are Asics iGel and cost me about £160 at the time. I don't think I'll be paying that much again 🙈

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That's ok then :) My eldest is nearly 21 - the equivalent shoe technology is probably on a par with the Jurassic era :)

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I'm in a similar position and you have my sympathy! Wishing you a speedy recovery

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Thanks everyone. It just makes me feel sad to have to rest when it was going so well. I'm worried that I may not start again.

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Decide how long you are going to give it. Pick a day and unless it still hurts just do it. You are the only person who will cause you not to start again.

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I love that !

'You are the only person who will cause you not to start again'

That's my new mantra !

Thank you ❤️

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You will. We're on your case now, I'll be checking back.

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Thank you 😊

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I'm on week 5 and for the first two weeks my knees were very painful but not having had any knee problems before I decided to carry on. However I shortened my steps and found a smooth path to run on as I wondered if the small jolts incurred by running on grass were making it worse. I was right. The knee pain vanished over my 2 day weekend break and hasn't come back

However I am not an expert, just sharing my experience and would strongly suggest you see your GP if you're worried.

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Thanks Jetts. I've had a tubular bandage on today which has helped. I've done an hour gardening using a shovel and it's been ok. I can still feel the pain but not as bad with the bandage on. I have my physio assessment on Monday but going to see how it goes on run 3. Debating whether to leave it until Saturday to have the extra day rest now. I think it's more likely down to my weight rather than anything major x

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