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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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Visited the rec center again for running/walking and swimming

My wife swam on her "noodle" for an hour, and I ran/walked for 50 minutes and rode the Expresso bike for 20 minutes. Her knee is feeling much...

Ran/walked 40 minutes and rode Expresso bike for 20 minutes

My wife is experiencing pain in her knee, and she decided to use the swimming pool at the rec center. So, even though it was a nice running day,...

Ran 2 miles on the Jordan River Parkway

The recent rain and wind removed the inversion layer that was giving us bad air, and my wife and I drove to the parking lot at 100th South. We...

Ran/walked another 30 minutes

I continued my getting back to my previous level by going to the rec center and running/walking 30 minutes. I run, actually jog, half way around...

Ran/walked about 1.4 miles

My wife and I had a busy schedule today, but we got in half an hour at the rec center. It was nice weather and temperature to go outside, but the...

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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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