I was surprised that there wasn't so much mention of knees.
What people did say seemed to concur with the RICE method and 'hosing down'.
I'm wondering about pre-run and during run stuff.
I have a half-marathon (RPH) and am a few weeks into training for that. However before that was rather silly and pounded the pavements attempting to get down to 20mins for 5km. To add to that I did a 20mile walk and as a consequence my left knee got a twinge on the outer left side.
This was mid-June and now a month on I've been attempting to rest it but finding myself incredibly frustrated at the recovery time.
I've switched to cross training (mainly cross trainer and doing squats stuff) to keep heart rate up and build leg strength.. but I went out for 2miles the other day and the twinge was there..
It isn't excruciating - which is what annoys me because I can set off without concern and then as my right shin starts to tire then I start to lock my leg a little more and then the impact on my left leg is greater and my knee can play up. If i slow the pace RIGHT down then I can avoid this by taking longer strides - but then i go MUCH faster and for moderating myself across a training programme and doing longer distances this doesn't help me.
It seems silly to run faster and stride longer to avoid injury but could this be possible??
I'm 6' 4" and didn't really run when I was younger and now when I do anything over 10km then it's been really nice to let myself stride out as I come in to close.. but I don't want to be running full stride from the start as the pace gets too much and I don't feel much like completing over an hour's run.
It's frustrating as due to lack of experience I just don't really know what to do with my running technique as sometimes I'm fine going much further much faster and then others shins and knee kick in really early. There is a science to it but I'm too close to the race to still be experimenting..
My thought is that I may be holding back and that meaning I am heel striking on my shorter runs and thus counter intuitively should run faster. The first real sense of injury was when I was doing a 5km with a BIG downhill in it and I think on my second lap I jammed against a locked knee rather than allowing gravity to take me down.