I Love It, But My Knees Do Not

I ran cross country over a decade ago.  I wasn't state tournament material, but I loved the feeling of running 6 miles in the summer heat.  Just the feeling of that second wind hitting you, when you think you have nothing more to give and then you find that burst of energy.  And then there's the crowd at the finsh line, cheering you and pushing you into the finish. 

I really loved running, but 3 of the 4 years I ran at school I injured myself.  First it was the hips.  It wasn't bad but occasionally took me out of a practice here or there.  Next, it was my back and I missed a few races at hte end of the season because I injured it so badly.  And then the dousey.  My junior year I completely blew my knees the second week into the season.  The chiropractor told me my arches were fla, which made my knees roll and thus messed up everything - knees, hips and back - when I ran.  I went to a doctor and was told I had the knees of a 60 year old man and thant my kneecaps were tearing up the cartelage behind the platella.  He told me to pick a new sport or consider surgery.

I spent hte next 2 years on pain meds 24 hours a day and had to wear knee braces every day just to walk without pain.  In time, they healed up and I tried running more, but all I could ever do for years was about 1/4 mile before it began to get painful.

I gave it up for a while, but in recent years I have been trying to get back into it.  I'd really like to run a half marathon this year, but so far the old knees are not cooperating.  I love running, and despite the pain I try and get out at least once a week.  I don't run more than a mile yet, and the knees are sore when I get done, but it's not as bad as it used to be.

SpiritualFighter SpiritualFighter
26-30, M
1 Response Feb 25, 2010

i used to feel so much pain on my knees after running more than 32kms. but a friend of mine told me to do squats daily even if its just 5 and i started doing that and they are better now, just try 20 in the morning and 20 in the evening, where you are running or not.