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Salt Lake Valley, Utah
I'm a 74-year old runner, and I've been running for over 37 years, including four marathons, and... Full Bio
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Did another 2 miles

I felt pretty good today, but I decided to keep my distance this week at 2 miles/run to give my body more time adjusting to the distance. I went...

Final run this week of 2 miles

In the late evening, I ran/walked 2 miles again. The temperature during the run was in the low 40s (F). I took no rest breaks. After I finished,...

Ran/walked 2 miles again

I ran and walked my 2-mile route again, going south from the parking lot at 100th South. On my way out, I didn't see many others on the path, but...

Ran/walked 2 miles

I went running in the late afternoon and got back to my car as it was getting dark. I could still see the path fine when I stopped. I ran the 2...

Ran/walked 2 miles in the afternoon

I drove to the parking lot at 100th South and went south for 1 mile on the Jordan River Parkway. That took me to the tunnel at 106th South. Then...

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May 14 2009 by Allen
A general statement is to be sure you're stretching to strengthen your knees and hips. The hips are important because they control the movement of your knee cap. Here is the link to my picture page of the stretches I do.  Always follow the 10% rule in increasing your distance. That is, make small increases in distance, typically around 10% increase, and don't do increases more often than once a week or longer. This means that it would take you several months to go from 5 miles to 15 miles in distance.
May 14 2009 by Todd S.

I'll definately give the negative splits approach a try Allen.  That's what I should have done in the one I ran last week but I did sprint the last 200 meters or so and that felt just great!  Do you have any suggestions for knee pain.  I'm not sure how to describe the type of pain I'm experiencing but it only my left knee at the moment.  I have been wearing a flexible compression type knee brace and I also wear compression socks as I early on had problems with shin splints which have now subsided. 

The pain in my knee is mostly towards the outside of my left knee.  It's not so bad I can't "run through it" but if I overdo it, it can last a couple of days.  It most often happens about 3 miles in and doesn't go away until I stop running and then I limp slightly for a while after but nothing a bit of Ibuprofen can't take care of.  I would really like to try a 25K next year but with my knee giving up around 5 miles, going till 15+ seems out of the question at the moment.  Any suggestions would be appreciated!


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