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The best answer in all these sorts of things is "go see what your doctor says." Even if we knew every every every thig about how you hurt it, we are not qualified to diagnose it. And those few of us who might be doctors here would likely tell you, "Go see you doctor."
Even my own daughter (the doctor) told me that when I asked her what was this lump on my thigh. "Go see your doctor." (It's just a cyst, don't worry.)
Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi
Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Half Marathon, Dublin, Ireland, 8/5/2013
wow. From all the advice I have gotten on the running forums on SP, it sounds like you are running too much for the amount of time you have been running.
I too have had knee pain and haven't run since 1-10, it is along side my knee, not under the cap. I went to the chiro and my left leg was turning in too much and the right leg turning out too much. That was Monday I went... feel tons better now.
I second the chiro!
Great advice Coach Nancy!
If you will do what you CAN.... God will do what you CAN'T.
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* burn 2000 calories this week
* workout at least 4x this week
* bed by 10pm
* read my bible every night and journal every week
Unfortunately when it comes to running injuries many times the source of the pain is not the cause of the pain--knee pain can be caused by a number of things--tight hammies, tight hip flexors, tight glutes, external rotation of the foot. Wearing a brace (which most running coaches advise against unless your MD recommends doing so) actually weakens the supporting muscles surrounding the knee which could leave you more vulnerable to injury when you are not running.
While rest will make your knee feel better, unless you find out the underlying cause, you may be creating other issues up and down the kinetic chain. My suggestion is to see if you can find a sports chiropractor in your area who works with runners. He/she can do an evaluation and may be able to determine a cause.
Unfortunately, it is really outside the scope of advice for anyone to help you determine the cause due to the number of issues that I mentioned above that could be the cause.
Some of you may be seeing this again, I just posted it in the Road Runners, but I'm trying to find a quick answer, so I'm posting it in here too:
I've been running for over a year now. I typically run 5+ miles 2-3 times during the week and 1 long run 10+ miles on the weekend.
I got new shoes for christmas, they are great and I've worn them consistently and I have never had a problem.
Last weekend after I got back from my long run I felt fine, I stretched, and I thought I was good to go. The next day I had pain in my left knee, it feels like it could be either towards the bottom of the kneecap, or under the kneecap (it's kind of hard to figure out where exactly pain is coming from).
I don't think a doctor could actually do anything for me, I'm not going to pay for x-rays or anything like that.
So I've rested and I'm not pushing it. I have a 10 mile race coming up next weekend. Should I try out a brace? Would that help?
The knee pain i not extreme, but it is just an uncomfortable ache. Any help would be appreciated.