Have you had your doctor check them out? My friend (who is only 34) has arthritis in her knee and she doesn't have pain all the time...but sometimes does have that achy, stiff feeling. So, you might just get it checked out to make sure. Good luck!
Thank you everyone for your help. I'm not sure what to think about this knee thing. Normally when I get up to around 10 miles or so my knees start to feel tired and stiff. The stiffness tends to get worse later in the day and lasts for about 24 hours or so. Sometimes up to 48 hours depending on how long and hard the run was. It's not really knee pain so much as knee fatigue I guess. Sort of like the discomfort you feel after doing lunges or bicep curls. It's especially troublesome when I have to climb up and down the stairs. (-: Crazy thing is that I don't have pain anywhere else. You would think I would be feeling some fatigue in the thighs or calves, but no.
My running shoes are New Balance, and they're only about four months old. I bought two identical pairs and switch out every week, so really, the shoes only have about two months of running on them. I've lost about 10 pounds since beginning my half marathon training and I still have roughly 20 pounds to go, so I guess the shoes could be wearing out faster than if I were at my ideal weight.
Hmmmm, so much to think about.
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This is very tough for any of us to answer because it could be a number of factors. Women tend to have more knee issues than men because of our wider Q (quadricep) angle--the angle from our hip to our knee. But other factors include poor firing of the glutes, weak hip flexors, tight hamstrings, tight lower back muscles, even the running surface you are running on. As one of the posters mentioned even your shoes. But it could also be the longer mileage and your body has yet to adapt to the increased distance.
If you are in pain, I do not recommend that you run again until you are pain free for a week and then slowly build back up. While I have no problems with KT tape or Rock tape, you should NEVER use it unless you have been shown how to apply perferably by a physcial therapist or sports chiropractor. Using the tape in a way that is not meant for you, may actually create other issues up and down the kinetic chain.
Remember it can take a solid year of consistent running for your muscles, bones and connective tissue to adapt to the rigors of running. And as you read in the first paragraph, lots of potential issues can lead to knee issues which have nothing to do with our knees at all.
I don't normaly experience knee pain after runs but I've started experiencing painful and achy knees after my 11 mile and 12 mile training runs and after completing my first half marathon. I warm up and stretch properly before the runs. I cool down and stretch properly after the runs. I try to stay as mobile and active as possible throughout the day after the long training runs, however, the stiffness and pain is pretty intense the first 48 hours and then lightens up to mild discomfort for a few days after that.
I thought that my knees would adjust to the new workload, but now I'm worried that my body just can't handle anything longer than a 10 mile run. How long does it take for the body to adjust to these long runs? I love doing the long training runs, and I especially enjoyed participating in my first half marathon, but I hate the painful ache they cause.
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