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Knee pain disappointment 🙁

molly1973
molly1973Graduate

I posted yesterday that I was chuffed with having done week 2 run 1 and coped quite well. As he day wore on I developed and ache and then pain in my left knee. I didn’t do anything specific to cause it apart from the run in general, and the fact that I’ve done more in his past week than frankly in years, plus I am about 4 stones overweight. I think it’s medial ligament so I’m getting my gymnast daughter’s K-tape out and getting some support on it plus some ice and ibuprofen. I’m a physio, and although this really isn’t my speciality I can fudge it if it’s for myself! Hopefully it’s more of a twinge than a sprain as I really want to do run 2 tomorrow. I won’t push it if it’s still sore but I am so worried about losing momentum so early in this process 🙁

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UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator

So, I was reading the top half of your post thinking “go see a bloody physio!” So, you have a mirror, you’ve seen one 😂

Hope you’re pin free soon and rocking week 2, but it will wait for you... you don’t want to have to see yourself with a bigger injury!

molly1973
molly1973Graduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Look in the mirror: 😂😂 I’m a million miles away from a sports physio, though!! Mostly winging it 😳

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to molly1973

Well, you’re a physio... and maybe this could be good experience, then you can be a sports physio and charge a fortune 😂

molly1973
molly1973Graduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

😂

jiggles7
jiggles7Graduate

Hey Molly, don't get disheartened. I occasionally get weird pains after a run but they disappear again before the next run. sounds like you know what you're doing and will be sensible. The next run will wait for you. an extra day or two of rest won't set you back if required. :D

molly1973
molly1973Graduate in reply to jiggles7

Thank you. I will try to be patient!!

Jell6
Jell6Graduate

A case of physio heal thyself!

I hope it settles soon, I was troubled in a similar area, a physio sorted me out 🤞, well that and new trainers.

molly1973
molly1973Graduate in reply to Jell6

Yes, I think new trainers might be in order too. I will do my best to heal myself!

Jell6
Jell6Graduate in reply to molly1973

🤗, people in the medical profession make the worst patients.

molly1973
molly1973Graduate in reply to Jell6

Yep!!

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate in reply to molly1973

Trainers stopped my knee from swelling up. I started the program in walking boots. Didn't think I needed trainers, didn't think I'd stick to it!

molly1973
molly1973Graduate in reply to BaddieThePirate

I’m trying to hold off a bit if I can. My trainers aren’t expensive but are reasonable and fairly new. Being a bit tight at the moment as I’m only on week 2!

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate in reply to molly1973

Yep, that was me!

I love K-tape, blummin marvellous stuff. Used it after l did both my medial ligaments in W5. Speedy recovery👍🏻

molly1973
molly1973Graduate in reply to Oldlady57

Thank you 👍

I know how you feel. I sprained my MCL at exactly the same point as you. I made it worse by doing another run on it when it was already hurting 😞 I read some really good advice on this forum that weak quads were likely to blame. So while I was limping and moping for two weeks I got a decent support and did quad and knee exercises every day. Then I started again, just going back one run. Since then I have worn knee supports on all my runs and it’s been ok so far. I am now at W8R1. Good luck on your journey, don’t be disheartened, you will get there 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️

molly1973
molly1973Graduate in reply to jayval70

Thank you! It’s loads better today so keeping with the ice and support and going out for a brisk walk later to see how it holds up for possibly doing my next scheduled run tomorrow (was planned for today). I’m pretty sure I need to stretch more too and get some better trainers or insoles. All a work in progress!

Shorty81
Shorty81 in reply to molly1973

I know exactly how you feel. I’m trying my best not to be mad at my knees today. I’m due to do W6R3 today but I’m not sure if I should. I’m not in agony but they’re sore and when I ran on Wednesday I had a few sharp pains. I’d be absolutely gutted if I did some long term damage but I’ve already had two days rest so feel like I’m cheating!! What do you think?

molly1973
molly1973Graduate in reply to Shorty81

I think be careful, especially if you’ve had sharp pains. I’m sure my pain has been over-use as I’ve done so little for so long before this last ten days! Maybe add in an extra rest day and stretch if you’re not 100% sure

Shorty81
Shorty81 in reply to molly1973

Thanks. Good advice

Dragonflies
DragonfliesGraduate in reply to molly1973

Good to hear it’s feeling better, sounds like you have got a good plan in place 👍

This post came through as an email, and it could have been written by me!

I'm at the exact same stage (W2R1) and since that run have had dreadful knee pains since completing it. I usually get some great brisk walking (with my Jack Russell) in my off days, but can't even do that. It's gutting, but I'm waiting until the pain has passed before continuing. The pain is less each day and am using some magnesium gel on my knees.

I feel rubbish flaking at such an early point, but outside of my walking (40-50 miles per week) and the occasional bike ride, this is the first exercise in years.

Hope to be back after the weekend.

molly1973
molly1973Graduate in reply to TheDaftPunk

Mine has settled really quickly with ice, support and ibuprofen so I’m convinced it’s over-use (different use?) so have just been for a brisk walk with a few slow jogs and it’s held up well. I hope yours settles too. I’ve learned that stretching is going to be key for me and I’m going to need a new pair of trainers sooner than I had planned! Good luck with the rest of week 2 👍

I’ve had aching knees since week 5 and have had a sports massage and reassurance that I’m not doing permanent damage has helped. I am on week 9 now and have still found that I have to take an extra rest day in between runs so my knees can cope. Also realising that my foot wear is no longer suitable at this stage so off to buy some new trainers. I’ve been using my Sketchers “go walk” but think I need “go run” now !

molly1973
molly1973Graduate in reply to Bertmonkey

Yes I think new trainers will help! Glad to hear it’s stayed under control. An extra rest day here and there is a good idea too

Yes definitely 👍🏻

Hi Molly. Don't give up. I ran week 2 run 2 on Tuesday and the next day had a very annoying pain in my right knee that had me practically limping. I had to leave town for work so took Wed, Thurs and Friday to let it recover. On Saturday I still had pain in my knee but decided to do run 3 anyway and see how it goes. I took an extra 3 min on my warm-up walk then started the 90 second jog. The pain was still there but didn't seem to be getting any worse. As the run progressed the pain seemed to lessen and I was able to complete the run. Afterward the pain wasn't as noticeable. My big concern is straining a ligament as I have issues with my knees. Keep at it!

molly1973
molly1973Graduate in reply to Beejees

Ok thanks Beejees. I had a gentle jog yesterday and it felt pretty good so resting again today and hopefully back to week 2 from tomorrow or Tuesday. I’m sure it’s over-use, as in a sudden change, plus I’m very heavy. I probably just need to go steady and get new trainers. I hope your knee continues to be ok 👍

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