I have never had an injury in my life, besides some minor tendonitis in my shoulder from swimming 8 billion miles a day. Maybe I am not cut out for running? Maybe I really should just stick to the pool? I need something competitive in my life in order for me to be sane, I compete with people over everything. Its ingrained in my DNA I think. I like running because it is just as difficult as swimming (except for the 200 backstroke, nothing is harder than a 200 backstroke) and it was any easy switch from swimming since they have a lot of similarities. They are both time based, highly competitive in nature, measured in distance, and challenging day in and day out. The big difference in my mind between the two is the wear and tear on your body. Swimming is very low impact, while running is very high impact. Swimming is a very arm heavy sport, while most of the damage is being done to your legs in running. This leads me to believe that I developed this small knee problem because of the underdevelopment of my leg muscles. I think that if I try to strength my legs and increase my flexibility, I should see the knee pain disappear (hopefully).
Any suggestions for leg strengthening for runners? Are there any former swimmers that switched to running and have similar injuries and issues?