Running with Knee Pain, and what to do about it!

I’m a runner, I haven’t always been one, but over the last 5 years I have learned to embrace running and the benefits I get from it.  Unfortunately for many, myself included, running can be sidelined by knee pain.  Running with knee pain ultimately dashes hopes and results in money wasted on events that cannot be participated in but for which entry fees were already paid.  There are many things you can try to heal knee pain and get back to running.  

My personal journey with knee pain started about 2 years ago.  For the first several months I just ignored it.  It wouldn’t hurt while I was running, but kick in the moment I stopped.  It only lasted for a few hours afterward, so I just figured that I wasn’t stretching enough.  (which was probably true)  I ran a trail 25k (15.53 mi) pretty much untrained and that’s when it really kicked in.  After that my knees would hurt just walking around, and going up or down stairs was excruciating.  I am on the floor a fair amount for my job (I work in Special Education) and getting up was a major effort.  Finally I was convinced by a friend that I had “runner’s knee” also referred to as Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome. Continue reading “Running with Knee Pain, and what to do about it!”