New runner...with 41-year-old knees. I am doing a decent amount of running for the first time ever, and have been pleased with how much my endurance has improved pretty quickly. BUT, I have a couple of questions: 1) does running surface matter a whole bunch; and 2) how to best prevent knee injury. (More below)
I wrapped up the Couch to 5k thing over the past summer, running almost exclusively on an indoor track surface. It was super, and I had no trouble with joint pain or really anything else (still don't LOVE to run, but the loathing...it's lessening). Now that it's much cooler here in Texas I've been trying to run outdoors more, but the running on pavement just seems to cut my endurance in half. Am I being a big baby about this, or is it really that much harder?
And, I've had a bit of knee pain recently. Nothing major, but being 41 and all, and coming from a long line of people with crap knees, I'd like to head off a knee injury if at all possible. I found this thread
with some good links for some strength exercises, and this one with some general advice
, but wonder if anyone has any other suggestions.
Other relevant details: I'm female, generally healthy, average weight/BMI (5' 9" and 150-160 pounds), and I have a <1 year old pair of shoes I got from a good running shop. According to the clerk I have a normal gait and don't do anything too weird.
Thanks, running mefites!