Q4. I’m in a similar position to MDC. I trained to 14 then 16m without a hitch (a month before the race so plenty of rest) and on race day on a 21m run on March the 24th and my knee went at mile 13.
I did completed the distance with a combination of walking and running.
I’ve never had a problem with this knee before, no new trainers or anything odd like that.
I used Dr Google and as my pain is on the outside boney part on the inner side of my left knee (as if I had knocked it), it sounds like it's patellofemoral pain / Syndrome.
I can walk ok with no pain but yesterday I tried to run for the first time and it hurt within a few minutes so I stopped.
I can cycle and swim with no pain.
I have my first marathon (xc) on June the 8 and I m in desperate need to train! – Slow coach
A4. Similar to MDC, and sounds like PFJD – but it’s not as advanced, yet! I think it sounds as if you’re feeling an over stretched medial retinaculum…..half of a bit a cling filmy tissue that keeps your kneecap on the front and in the middle of your thigh.
Advice is pretty similar, but I’d add get some gluteal stability – lunges, squats, single knee dips, balance work ALL with really good body alignment so you feel your bum working. Taping is great too as long as it feels better when taped, rather than just taped.
Do have a check of your knee to wall distance on the painful versus the non-painful side – it shouldn’t be tighter.