One of the main reasons I dread running is the knee pain I sometimes suffer from. When I first started running is was really bad. There were times where I wanted to cry because it hurt so badly. The pain seems to come from just behind the knee cap.
There have been a few things since I started running that have helped greatly:
I know this is counter intuitive but it helped. I think the mileage helped me to build my running muscles and learn to run better. I was never a runner. I hated running my whole life (see my first post). Running was a punishment for all the other sports I played. I love the quote “My sports your sports punishment”. Running more often not only helped my knees but also got me to enjoy running more.
|Super Feet Insoles|
Super Feet Insoles (Link).
These have worked wonders but they are not cheap. Never in my life did I think I would ever pay $30-$40 for insoles but now I definitely think they are worth it.
|Me back in my college days|
Even though I have weenie looking legs they have always been very strong. At one point I was leg pressing over 1100 lbs (with perfect form) and only weighed 190 lbs. I was doing calf raises on the machine with 5 plates (225 lbs). I also danced five nights a week for almost 10 years. Never during all this did my knees ever hurt. It was only till I started running that the pain started to occur.
What I changed at the gym was I started doing only single leg exercises. Lunges, single leg squats, single leg on all the machines, etc. This made a huge difference. Of course I had to dramatically lower the weight and look like a weenie but it did help out a lot.
These things are great. If needed, I would strap them onto my knees after a race to reduce the swelling.
|"Advanced Medicine For Pain"|
I started to carry Advil on all my runs just in case. I know it is not suppose to be good for you but I did it anyway and it helped with the swelling.
|Brooks Glycerin 8|
Got Some New Kicks
I switch shoes to ones that gave me more sport. I was in Nike Pegasus and loved them but when I switched to Brooks Glycerin 8 shoes it helped out a lot. Many people I have talked to love these shoes.
Prescription Omega 3 (Lovaza)My doc prescribed me Lovaza Omega 3. These are just hyper purified fish oils.
GlucosamineDaily glucosamine has helped out tremendously. It should be taken daily and you will not see a difference for several weeks
I want to hear about your knee pain and how you overcame it. Please leave me your comments.