Knee feels fine now. How long should I wait before I go back to running?
August 29, 2012 6:19 AM Subscribe
About a 10 days ago I tweaked my knee while running. It feels fine now. How long should I wait before I go back to running?
posted by usonian to health & fitness (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am not looking for a diagnosis (you are not my doctor, trainer, physical therapist, etc.) but I figure relevant details can't hurt:
By 'running', I mean the intermittent running/walking required by the early weeks of the Couch to 5K program. Running on dirt and asphalt. During week two both of my knees were feeling a little bit sore, but it felt like a general "my knees are just not used to this activity yet" soreness. After day 3 of week 2, though, it was pretty clear I had done something to my left knee. It hurt to bend my knee sharply while lifting my thigh in certain ways - the best example I can think of was trying to pull my foot out of a shoe.
I've taken a break from the program, and although I haven't tried running on it yet the knee feels pretty much fine now. In the meantime I went to a running store and bought a good pair of shoes after a simple visual gait analysis, which will hopefully help me avoid future issues; I'd been running in a pair of cheapo big box store sneakers, and the new ones feel noticeably better even when just walking.
My basic question is this: Is there any prevailing wisdom is as far as getting back to running after an injury? Should I try walking a couple of miles first and see how that goes? Wait another few days? Wait another week? I've spent some time poking around previous AskMeFi questions and the internet in general, but while there are plenty of "Don't run through pain!" answers I'm not finding any rules of thumb about how long not to run. I'm eager to get back to the program (I'll probably do week 2 over again) but I don't want to set myself back further if I'm not 100%.