A bit of Background without trying to bore you....
I started running in 2009 to tone for my wedding. I could barely run to start with but worked my way up to 5k albeit with a few walking breaks. I loved the buzz, entered race for Life and then got married and stopped
During a few walks with the dog (in wellies) I noticed my left knee feel sore, and then we climbed Snowdon after the wedding and on the decent going down the first few stairs my left knee just kinda 'went', I was in agony all the way down and as going up was physically hard I felt so stupid practically walking sideways to get back down the bugga!
Then, after gaining a lot of weight during pregnancy I then take up running to help lose some weight and yes i'm back to square one except for one major difference....Not during running but after ie the next day I cant walk up or downstairs without pain! I could also feel my knees whilst in a sitting position, its a weird thing but just a sensation of them.
I didn't run much due to the pain but instead went to the doctor. First one said 'Stop running' and I did just that. (Look back on my previous posts and you will see how upset I was over it all)
After about 3 months i'd had enough, I went back for a 2nd opinion and found that the next doctor agreed with a paid physiotherapy session that i'd had earlier in saying that I had 'a lot of mobility in both knees' and they needed looking into. Fair play she got me seen within 2 weeks and so my physio started.
Quite quickly again the mobility came into it, and after several sessions I was sent on my merry way shown how to use rock tape and lots of strengthening exercises (which I did throughout)
I got discharged and continued to run.....Skip forward to today....
I'm running 2-3 times a week, the least is 5k - NO PAIN
I'm training for a 10k which i've ran 3 times now and at 4-5 mile mark my knees start and the process of me fighting it begins.
Today we have run 6.5 miles and again at mile 4 it starts and the self doubt begins, am I going to be able to finish, is my knee going to give in etc...
Now I should probably mention that I haven't been doing the exercises and so here comes my question....
Have I messed up here quite considerably in that I have something not quite right with me and so I should always be doing the exercises OR have they missed something else? I mean i've only built up the running very gradually but I know nothing about running, nothing about the muscles and so are the exercises something I just need to do along side the running and just blooming well except it?
Very helpful to find this thread and read about similar issues. I never really 'hurt' my knee as such, just after learning how to run from nothing I developed this pain in first in my left, then in my right knee. I lived with it for years, never ran again and just kind of forgot about it. That was 5 years ago and last year I took up running again, wow, that pain came straight back and dam it do you think I could walk up and downstairs! So I went to the docs, first off told to 'not run' anymore, I didn't take that and went to see another one, she was Amazing! Actually put me on the bed and had a good old feel and straight away commented on how 'flexible' both my knees were, she was used to seeing it in one knee but not both. I was referred for physio and was seen within 3 weeks thanks to her. Skip forward a few weeks and I discover the physio says exactly the same 'hypermobility' in both knees, a little more on the left. I took to the exercises 5 times a week and things dramatically improved.
One thing I cant live without now though is Rock Tape!!!!! I strap my knees up on a monday and run tues and thurs, albeit not far nor fast, 3.5 minimum and max 5.25 miles but.....I am starting to feel it on the old knees so I am going to set an alarm on my phone starting monday to start my exercises again and hope that I can get rid of the pain thats starting to niggle.
As I say, Its nice to share stories with people who have the same 'kind of' thing as me....I hope to speak with you all in the future
i bought rock tape and quite frankly I think it's the dogs! I applied it yesterday and it's still on after a shower., ok so I haven't run with it on yet but I plan too tomorrow, hopefully it will still be on!
I see your point about the tape being used incorrectly Pirate but I had several lessons by my physio and i'm confident that i'm doing it right, its more a 'sticking' problem which I think could be fixed if I shaved the area first.
Update on the Rock tape, man alive that stuff sticks!!!!