Good Morning Everyone!
I’ve got quite the topic to discuss with you all today so what do you say we cut the small talk, and get right to it! Sound good? Fabulousssss!
Running & Knee Pain
Ok so the title of this post is a little deceiving. Lately I have been noticing that throughout my half-marathon training, I have encountered a little bit of “pain” in my left knee. I put the word pain in quotations because it’s not really “pain” per say that I am feeling, it is more of a discomfort. My left knee feels different than my right while running and walking. Sometimes it just feels off like something just isn’t right in my left knee, and I’m not quite sure what to do about it.
It has been feeling like this on and off for the past 3 weeks but nonetheless I have kept training (nothing over 5 miles in the past week). I did notice the discomfort before my 10 mile run last Sunday, but decided to do the run anyway. I did not have any pain or discomfort for the first 8 miles, but noticed that my knees were tired during the last two. I didn’t think anything of it because I had never ran that far before, therefore I was expecting to feel some aches. I have also never ran this many miles in the past, so I am sure that must have something to do with it. I do want to mention that I honestly don’t think my discomfort is due to over training. I have been following a plan and have not been doing over 1 long run a week (if that).
I have been icing my knee after my runs (I figure it can’t hurt, right?), but haven’t really noticed a difference. I spoke to one of my good running friends last week about this issue (Hi Jill!) and she suggested I get fitted for a new pair of sneakers.
Apparently knee pain can be caused by a whole bunch of different underlying problems, but a lot of the time it can be due to the wrong sneaker. Jill suggested that I get my running form assessed at Marathon Sports, where they do a free “pain-analysis solution test”, and try to pair you up with the best sneaker for your running style.
I currently run with the Asics Gel 1170′s which I find very comfortable, but then again I’ve run with this sneaker for the past few years so maybe it’s time for a change? And considering the solution to this problem could be easily fixed with the right shoe, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try.
The staff member who helped me at Marathon Sports had me do a few different motions with my knee’s and feet, and then watched me run. After assessing my run, she explained that I do not over or under pronate, and have a pretty normal stride (woo!). She believes that my current sneaker may have too much support (hence them being extra comfortable!) and that may be why I am feeling some discomfort in my knee.
The new Asics Gel Cummulus 13′s that I purchased honestly don’t feel all that much different from the ones I currently own, but considering that I will probably have to invest in a new pair of sneakers in the next few months anyways, I decided to go ahead and buy them then.
Who know’s if the new sneakers will actually help, but I figure this is a good first step before seeking another opinion. I have also thought about perhaps buying a knee brace, but since I am not sure what the underlying issue is I decided to save the $30 and see if the sneakers help first.
I find this discomfort more annoying than anything else, simply because I don’t know what to do about it! Do I keep running? Do I wait until I feel actual pain, then stop? Am I being a baby? What I do know, is that I want to avoid an injury at all costs!
I will keep you posted on the new sneakers and the knees. Cross your fingers that it’s a quick fix!
Bye-bye for now
Have you ever experienced knee pain or discomfort due to running? What was your solution?