Couch to 5K
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In to week 5

Just discovered this forum and am now on week 5. Used to run 3 times a week but had my babies and life got in the way!

Just bought a treadmill as cannot leave house of an eve due to looking after my 3 under 5s!!

Anyway, now on week 5 - feel the stamina coming back and running for 5 minutes is becoming the norm. However, my knees have started to really hurt!! Like wake me up at night hurt!! Any suggestions? I can still run but I worry maybe doing long term damage- don’t want it to get in the way of my progress!! X

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I’ve had bad knees too. First the left which I ran through via ibuprofen and it was fine after a week or so. Now it’s the right and I’m doing the same. I’m also going against advice on this forum so if I do myself an injury, I’ll have no one to blame but myself! How ever my sports physio friend at work says it’s just strength needed. I have invested in knee sleeves too.

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I've also got knee pain. Was advised on here to rest up for a few days and get gait analysis/new running shoes, which I have done. Also to run (even) slower and with shorter strides. Today I started week 5 and the first five minutes were fine (at a ridiculously slow pace!) but during the next 5 minutes the knee pain returned and stayed for the rest of the session - I was limping at the end. I think I need to rest longer between runs until this is completely better. Also to do more low-impact strengthening exercises between runs.

It's annoying isn't it, when your breathing/stamina is up to it but your knees let you down!

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Welcome to the forum.

The guide to the plan is essential reading healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

To reduce impact slow down, make sure footfall is under your body not out in front, avoid heelstriking and wear the best shoes you can afford after having a gait analysis done at a specialist running shop.

Take care.

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