Pain in the knees caused by running is quite common, especially in the early days of running for beginners. In almost all cases running knee pain is caused by overtraining. In this article I'll discuss some of my own experiences associated with knee pain from running in some of the methods used to combat this problem.
I have been running on a serious basis now for about 5
years. I have had my share of running knee pain. It was much worse the first
few years of running though than it is now. That, of course, was from simple
over-use. The number one cause of running knee pain if from doing too much too
soon. Remember, our minds are usually able to easily push our bodies beyond
healthy limits. One has to be smart and work slowly up to expected levels. Have
patience and take it slow!
Here I am running on one of our trails with Avie.
Humans are Born
That being said, some knee pain is more chronic and persistent
than others. This article is not about all the types and causes of running knee
pain. Rather is provides my personal insight into my own experiences of becoming
a runner and how I have dealt with the many injuries which come with the territory
of being a distance runner. The human body is a miraculous machine! It is made
for running long distances better than almost any other animal. It may seem
hard to believe, but there are some humans who can match a horse in a hundred
mile race. But getting to that level takes special genes and a LOT of training.
Do Not Over
But even when prudent training practices are followed,
running knee pain can still be a problem. Although genetics can play a role
in chronic knee pain, there are things runners can do to give themselves the
best chance of avoiding running knee pain. Besides making sure the training
schedule is not too much for one’s body, a runner can do themselves the
most by making sure the advice below is followed.
Get plenty of sleep! Runners will have thousands of microscopic pulls and tears
in their muscles and joints after each training session. During sleep is when
these minor injuries are repaired so they don’t become major injuries.
Secondly, surf the Internet for some good stretching exercises. But only do
these in moderation at first. It can be very easy to actually do harm with over-stretching.
So be careful! Do everything in moderation remember! 90% running knee pain will
be cured with that sentence!
Eat the Right
And lastly, the runner’s diet is important! During
the first year or two of running, the body constantly has to repair damaged
tissue and rebuild even more than it had before. This takes a lot of raw materials!
Fortunately, the act of getting in shape actually changes ones diet by default.
No longer are donuts and fried foods thought about. Instead, the body seems
to switch gears and demand your brain look for the healthy foods it needs. My
body now craves plenty of breads, veggies, juices, and meats! Being in this
good of shape actually stops my craving for bad foods I used to have. I would
rather have a bagel with fruit than a fried burrito!
It can be difficult in today’s hectic society to eat right. There is no
way around that fact most of the time. I am now a firm believer in helping Mother
Nature along with supplements. Since I have started taking them, I feel so much
better! And, knock on wood, I rarely have any injuries. I know some of this
is because I have already made it through the “paying-my-dues” stage
of running. But I also believe that helping my body get all the right nutrition
it needs plays a vital part in my being injury free.
and a Multi-Vitamin
First off, I take Liquid
Glucosamine each day. We sell both the Flexicose
and the Synflex brands.
Both are excellent products and I alternate between the two. If you are only
going to take one supplement while running, liquid glucosamine should be near
the top of the list in my opinion. I also take our multi-vitamin product each
day, Vitaplen Complete.
It is packed full of vitamins and other nutrients. Additionally I use our Triple
Greens and Super Reds
products daily. They are a powdered drink mix which contains the equivalent
of many fruits and vegetables in each serving. And lastly I have three heaping
table spoons of our organic flax
seed meal each day. It is great for heart and brain health!
I mix all these together in my morning drink! I use orange juice to start with
and then mix in the rest. It sounds a little strange, I know. But it actually
tastes pretty good! It is a perfect way to start my day off and, best of all,
I have the peace of mind knowing I am giving my body what it needs each day!
Oh, and also, for temporary pain relief I have used our
PowerPlus roll-on glucosamine.
I hurt my shoulder a while back and it developed into quite a nagging pain in
the next few weeks after I hurt it. I started putting PowerPlus on it and it
worked wonders for getting rid of the pain! It slowly left altogther, and may
have anyway, but the PowerPlus really helped ease the pain for a while.
Running knee pain can be managed in 99 cases out of a
hundred. Rarely does a runner have to stop running totally because of it. Be
wise and prudent in your training, get plenty of sleep and eat right and you
will enjoy many happy miles of running!
Synflex liquid glucosamine products are natural products designed
to ease joint and arthritis pain safely and effectively. Since it is a supplement
products, they are not regulated by the FDA in the same way prescription drugs are.
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