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Knee trouble

I got to W3R1 and was absolutely loving it but my right knee started to hurt the following day. I’ve waited a week now for it to get better but it hasn’t and the other knee is hurting too. I miss running so much but feel I must listen to my body - I suspect arthritis. I’ve ordered turmeric so fingers crossed that works but any advice would be appreciated.

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Ouch... tricky things these knees.. and we do have to listen to them... :)

Try to land lightly..there can be a bit of a tendency to thump down in the first weeks. Try to land gently, kissing the ground with your feet is what I call it.. also, try these exercises out too :)

nhs.uk/Livewell/c25k/Pages/...

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Those exercises sorted my knees out when I was doing C25K! I just needed to strengthen the muscles around the knees, as clearly they were very weak before I started running...Don’t be scared to rest up a bit before you next run.

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Thanks Sadie, that’s encouraging! Which excercises do you mean? Thanks again.

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Click on the link in Oldfloss’ reply to you. x

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Ah, brilliant! Thanks both! Not used to this and hadn’t seen the link! Many thanks, I feel a bit perkier and more hopeful now!

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Oh good! Don’t do the exercises if your knees are very painful - wait until they feel a bit better. And patience is key - I had lots of aches and pains when I first started running, just the body getting used to new exercise. You got good shoes to run in? x

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Thanks, I definitely will be investing in better shoes - if only this pain goes. I’m excited to find I enjoy running and just hope I can get out again soon. These excercises look really helpful. It’d be great if this is just weak knees not crumbly ones! Thanks very much for the advice.

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You are very welcome. The wrong shoes can cause knee pain, and even injury, so go treat yourself to a gait analysis and some good supportive runners! Well worth it in the long run if you are enjoying the running. 😘

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