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Old 19th Mar 17, 08:22 PM
jessrip jessrip is offline
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Question Injury Advice

Hi All

I am a proper beginner and only started running nearly two weeks ago. I am pretty unfit these days so started the couch to 5k schedule but have only done 3 sessions, more walking than running if I am honest! The first session on the Thursday, my hips etc ached but I was ok in a couple of days. I then went out again on the Sunday, all fine. Then I went out on the Monday. Tuesday I woke up and had bad pains on the inside of my knee area on both legs. I was hoping that they would take a few days to heal and then I would be off again. But my legs have not improved in the slightest and its a week later. In fact my legs are now so painful that I am struggling to even walk. They progressively get worse throughout the day. The pain seems to spread down the inside of my legs. Its a dull and at times piercing pain and I am struggling to lift my legs or take shoes off etc. I can find a spot in the same place on both legs that really hurt if I push on it.

Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. Surely I cant have done that much damage!?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 20th Mar 17, 09:10 AM
Stupid Beard Stupid Beard is offline
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You should go and see a physio or doctor. You'll get better advice there than from a forum.

When I started running I got an ITB injury in both legs. I could barely walk for a couple of weeks and it was something like 2 or 3 months before I could run again.

Don't let it put you off running when you do finally recover from it. Everybody gets injured at some point.
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Old 20th Mar 17, 09:56 AM
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Hi All

had bad pains on the inside of my knee area on both legs. I was hoping that they would take a few days to heal and then I would be off again. But my legs have not improved in the slightest and its a week later.

Surely I cant have done that much damage!?
I don't think that you have but you defo need to take a complete REST from running now and let it heal. Like StupidBear is saying, sometimes it takes way more than a week or a month to heal. When I started out, I ran in some hard sole generic "sports" shoes and eff'ed up my hips/hip socket that it took me 2 months to heal... if it persists, see a doctor!
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Old 21st Mar 17, 10:29 AM
jessrip jessrip is offline
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Many thanks Stupid Beard and silent88uk for your responses. Seems like I might be in the same boat that you both were.

Got a appointment at the doctors this morning. Diagnoses of meniscus cartilage damage in both legs. Prescribed rest, painkillers and a referral to physio. Could be a while before I get back up and running again I guess. This will teach me to try and do some exercise!!!! Back to my sedentary days for a bit then or perhaps consider an alternative form of exercise.
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Old 21st Mar 17, 01:02 PM
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Many thanks Stupid Beard and silent88uk for your responses. Seems like I might be in the same boat that you both were.

Got a appointment at the doctors this morning. Diagnoses of meniscus cartilage damage in both legs. Prescribed rest, painkillers and a referral to physio. Could be a while before I get back up and running again I guess. This will teach me to try and do some exercise!!!! Back to my sedentary days for a bit then or perhaps consider an alternative form of exercise.
That sucks, but at least you know what it is now. When you see the physio ask about alternatives to running that you can do while you're healing. The last time I was injured cycling kept me sane while I couldn't run.
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Old 21st Mar 17, 05:49 PM
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Am tempted to maybe try swimming. I am starting to lose motivation and I really want to avoid that if I can.
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Old 23rd Mar 17, 03:50 PM
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sounds like a stress fracture or medial tibial stress syndrome to me
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Old 4th May 17, 09:51 AM
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jessrip please don't lose motivation!

Everyone is different, and while almost everyone can work up to running 5k, you included , the c25k programme can't know you as an individual and tailor what it's telling you to do.. so.. you have to take a small detour.

When anyone asks me how to get started running from a complete cold start, I always say "well, don't start with running!". It sounds odd, but running puts a lot of shock on your joints and body. When we are sedentary all the muscles that we need to be strong to help absorb that shock and keep us balanced as we lope along kind of waste away cos we're not using them much - so when we do go and start running every other day, we get hurt.

Swimming and cycling and some "living room" exercises can all help kickstart those muscles and that strength you need to cope with the running. I'm sure if you do some other forms of exercise, as the physio will be able to suggest for you, you'll be able to pick up the jogging again and make better progress.

Don't give up!
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Old 4th May 17, 02:35 PM
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Kudos for admitting you are unfit but are trying to do something about it. If the doc advises against running then get approval for alternatives that can give cardiovascular benefit. Then, when the knees are better, you'll have a head start and won't be puffing and blowing so much as other beginners at running. In other words, start training the heart and the lungs and the rest of the body can follow later
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