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I started C25K about 2 weeks ago and every time I run my knee starts hurting really, really bad. I try to run every other day.. so by the second day it isn't bad but then I run again and it starts hurting. Should I stop running? Or is it okay? Right now it hurts really bad whenever I put a little bit of weight on it. I tried doing different stretched but nothing has seemed to help. Any suggestions as to what I should do?

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I would go see a sports medicine doctor...one that works with the larger joints (knees). It could be nothing...it could be something. You may have sprained or strained it..who knows. If icing it down and taking anti inflammatories isn't working...it's time to head to the doctor.


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I haven't taken anything for it because it doesn't hurt all the time. It's usually just the day I run and the day after.
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try icing it down after your runs for 30mins with a cold pak and then switching to warm for 30 mins. Also, taking 2 advil before bed the night you run.

As far as the pain, is it like your knee is "clicking" or is it just sore/tight muscles?
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Okay thanks...I'll try that.

It's not like it's sore, like you would feel after working out or something. And it's not "clicking" It just hurts really bad.
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I have the same problem but only it's my hip. Mine hurts during the run, the rest of that day, and the day after. It's very difficult for me to bear weight on it. I do what ncc suggested for you...I ice it after I run and take aleve. It helps a little sometimes, but I think I may eventually have to go see a doctor, which is very unusual for me. I'm also considering taking 2 days rest between each run.
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DO NOT heat after running!!!! More then likely u have swelling, maybe minimal and u don't realize it. Heating will only make it worse. You might try heating 10 min before running and then icing directly after! Try compression, ace bandage compression sleeve type of thing. It could be only that you are not used to the pressure you are putting on ur joints, try not over working it

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Thanks for the help ladies! I'll try icing it down... most of the time I just sit on the couch until the pain isn't so bad that I can actually walk
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Sitting on the couch can help/hurt it helps bc the pain goes away but it can be making it worse for the next time u run bc it is getting stiff. Trying doing some bending and straightening exercises atleast while sitting there

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I tried doing some stretches one time, but I could never stretch it in the right spot. I've done yoga and P90X stretching exercises, and I couldn't think of or find any stretches worked. But I'll try it.
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Btw your running shoes could be causing the pain- over the summer my knees started giving me a lot of problems and once I bought the correct shoes the pain left!
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Btw your running shoes could be causing the pain- over the summer my knees started giving me a lot of problems and once I bought the correct shoes the pain left!
Originally Posted by itsiliii
Good point, I didn't think about that. What are some good shoes that you would recommend that aren't too outrageously expensive?
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Originally Posted by itsiliii
Good point, I didn't think about that. What are some good shoes that you would recommend that aren't too outrageously expensive?
Originally Posted by KurlyPrincess
I think it depends on your foot....your arch...wide feet, narrow feet, etc. All my friends that are runners recommend going to a running speciality store like fleet feet and get fitted. The employees are usually avid runners and are trained on how to fit runners based on most problems. Do NOT go to footlocker for running shoes unless u have been fitted somewhere else.




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Aisics and new balance are good running shoes for most ppl. Don't get Nike shox, or wear them period!

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I didn't like Asics. I did the "wet feet" test and bought Nike Pegasus 28's. They are for a neutral foot and are cushioning. I love them.

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I like Asics for the fact that they're not over cushioned like some others. I've had no issues with them. Nike on the otherhand is a diff story
All my friends that are runners recommend going to a running speciality store like fleet feet and get fitted. The employees are usually avid runners and are trained on how to fit runners based on most problems. Do NOT go to footlocker for running shoes unless u have been fitted somewhere else.

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Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
This, times 1000.

Go to a local running store, NOT a big box store. The best stores are not even chains - they have one store and are owned and staffed by experienced runners.

Also, they tend to have amazing return policies so you can run in your shoes for real, then still return them if they didn't work. These places actually care that you are running comfortably.

A good store will watch you run on a treadmill and fit shoes to your gait.

If you have a really neutral gait, you can get away with cheap shoes. If you pronate badly like me, you need a good pair of shoes with support in them, which unfortunately ups the price.

The good news is, I get probably 450 miles out of a pair of quality running shoes before I have to retire them from long runs, and probably 50-100 more before I ditch them entirely. So the shoes cost $100 up front, but it ends up being about $0.20 a mile, which is a pretty cheap activity.



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