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Old bones?!

Tattoodo profile image
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Hi all, I’m new to this whole running thing (I did my very best to avoid it completely until last week when I decided to tackle it head on) I’ve just completed my first run of week 2, and I’ve had a twinge in my knee that I know will be more painful tomorrow because of today’s run - has anyone got any tips on how to reduce pain/work through it? I’m 25 so unlikely to be arthiritis (hopefully) Thanks!

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Oldfloss profile image

Normal aches and pains and our bodies saying.. " What the heck ?" !!!

Check out the post for newbies


and then try these exercises for the knee...


Well done you!

32.... blimey... I can just about remember that !! ( I am 68... and I really do have old bones..but according to my consultant... they are GREAT old bones... that is what running does for you!


You are going to be just fine!!! Slow and steady!

IannodaTruffe profile image

Welcome to the forum and well done on getting started.

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

Most new runner's aches and pains are caused by the impact of running. To reduce impact, run at the recommended pace set out in the guide, avoid heelstriking, keep footfall under your body not out in front, run on grass or treadmill, wear proper running shoes fitted after a gait analysis done at a specialist running shop.

All the advice from Oldfloss is also spot on.

Enjoy your journey.

UnfitNoMore profile image

The exercises in the reply above really helped my middle aged knees become pain free after 30 years of daily pain... so they could do amazing things to your young ones!

Run nice and gently, in good shoes, and maybe on soft surfaces while the knees strengthen up.

Good start, enjoy the journey.

ForestGrump63 profile image

Ive had dodgy knees for years. I got a couple of knee sleeves from amazon around week 2 and wore them for my runs and the day after if I felt they needed it . I also took extra rest days if my knees felt weak. Ive only needed the sleeves for the runs (not the day after) since week 6. I also use deep heat on knees after a run if I think they need it (they kind of tell me) the past 3 weeks have been fine knee wise. I think the supporting muscles have got stronger and reduced the impact

Tattoodo profile image

Hi all, thanks for your replies. I’ve had to skip tonight’s run because my knee is bad, swollen and sore so don’t know what’s up with it. Hopefully it will get better soon so I can get back out but think I’m going to have to wait for it to heal or get it checked and then start again from scratch! :(

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