Wondered whether anyone can give me some advice.
I'm a new runner, been doing about three weeks since I last ran over 20 years ago!
I stepped up to 10k a week last Saturday and didn't find it too difficult - all off road on trails. I went out on Saturday along some slightly harder trails with some steep (ish) up and down hills.
At the 5k mark I felt a weakness in the outside of my left knee. I carried on but had to give up at 6.5k as felt a bad pain (I think it was on the outside and underneath the knee).
I've done some internet searching and seems like it could be an ITB but I'm really unsure. I appreciate that nobody could diagnose from this but does ITB seem likely? If so then is there any use in anything other than rest - like some kind of knee strapping?
I'm planning on not running until Saturday and hope it clears up by then.Currently my knee feels ok walking - I get no pain but can feel a little weak when on the stairs.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to contributing to this site in the future.
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"I'm planning on not running until Saturday and hope it clears up by then"
No chance Im afraid. Well not for any kind of distance.
"Currently my knee feels ok walking - I get no pain but can feel a little weak when on the stairs." - Yup, you are displaying all the classic symptoms.
Rest Im afraid, and a foam roller.
i can confirm that and am about to prove it in 3 weeks time wish me luck!!!
You've only been running three weeks after a 20 year break? Unless you're walking 90% of it 10K is a bit much straight out the box! Take it steady, go back to square one and build up your strength. Nobody would expect to go to the gym for the first time and immediately bench press 120kgs, it's exactly the same with running, getting carried away in the beginning will do far more long term harm than good.
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