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Week 3 has started but so has the knee pain ☹️ Any tips?

Week 3 has started but so has the knee pain ☹️ Any tips?

Hello! I’m so thrilled to still be following the plan, having a great time and feeling like I’m making progress BUT tonight my left knee is really aching. Are supports any good? Do I need to splash out on proper running shoes or is it a case of sticking to running on grass? I’d really welcome any advice.

Many thanks

Jo x

Ps wanted to share the beautiful sunset I saw this evening on my run, isn’t it a joy to be outside enjoying nature and the simple treats around us?!

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Hi Jo, definitely need to get gait analysis and some good running shoes. My aching knees improved instantly. Saying that I now have a knee injury but that’s due to overdoing the pace a few times! Enjoy the runs it looks beautiful out there.

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Thank you so much for the tip, I think I will be heading to the shops at the weekend! I hope your knee injury improves.

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Shoes.... get the shoes.... next to you.. they are the best asset:)

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

Try these too:)

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Thank you, will head over and read that now. 👍🏼

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Sony beautiful view.

I can't advise on new shoes from experience, as I've not even been out in them yet.

If you do decide to get some, I can pass on advice I was given.

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Would be interested to hear how you get on. I’m wondering where I need to go for gait analysis… Do regular sport shops do this for you? The last time I tried to buy a pair of trainers from my local sports shop the chappie was less than helpful. It’s a bit nerve wracking as I am by no means a professional runner and I’m relying on the sales assistant, which can be very daunting! I’ll research the best places locally. Thanks again 👍🏼

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Whereabouts are you? I'm sure there's someone near who could recommend a place.

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Thanks - I’m in Rochester in Kent.

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Found his online in Gravesend:

thefootclinic.co.uk/service...

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Fantastic thank you 😊

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There is a piece here regarding shoes, and lots of other useful advice.

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

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Brilliant, thank you!

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I got running shoes in week 3 and boy did they make a difference! Don't run in them straight away though, wear them round the house for a couple of days first. Any good sports shop will do a gait analysis. When they asked me to run on a treadmill I said "ok, but you have a 3-minute window cos that's all I can manage yet!" Running shoes aren't cheap (mine cost just over £100) but I figured it was better than injuring myself. Don't forget to post a pic of your new shoes and happy shopping! 😃

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