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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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Ran/walked 2.8 miles, going south from the East Pavilion

My wife and I drove to the East Pavilion in South Jordan and went south for our run. We haven't been on that route for several months, and it was...

Ran 2.7 miles again

My wife and I went running in the late morning. There weren't many on the path when we started, but by the time we finished, there were more...

Extended my jog/walk to 2.7 miles

My wife was out with our two grandkids who live nearby, so I went running by myself. I left in the early afternoon. The temperature was in the...

Ran another 2.5 miles in mid-day

My wife and I walked and jog/walked our usual route today. There were a few people on the path, but not many. After another week or so of this...

Ran 2.5 miles against a headwind that died out

I went running and walking in the late afternoon and finished about half an hour or so before it got dark. I did more walking than I have in past...

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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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