front lower knee hurts - normal for ...

front lower knee hurts - normal for beginners?

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Nate

New York, NY

#1 Jan 16, 2007
When I first start jogging, my knees hurt for most of the first time around the track. Then, they sort of "numb up" and I am okay.

Here's my routine:
I walk for a half hour prior, then stretch for five minutes, then I walk around a track 2 more times and THEN I begin jogging...
Then, it is as follows: jog 2x around track, walk 2x around track, jog 1x, walk 1x. Stretch. Go home.

So, I am only really jogging 3x around the track all total. I have only been jogging for about a week and a half. The very first day I jogged, my knees AND ankles hurt AS SOON AS I BEGAN! So, it is not from "an injury" due to too much exercise.

I may feel a slight knee irritation here and there throughout the day, depending on what I am doing, but it only really hurts when I first begin jogging.

Is this normal for beginning joggers? My initial feeling is that my muscles, ligaments, joints and cartilage are just totally weak from about zero exercise my whole life.

The other possibility is my sneakers? I run in Asics Gel Nimbus. I've tried New Balance, Saucony's and Nikes and they were all terrible for me. I've had 2 pairs of Asics Gels and they seem to be best for me as far as I my experience with running sneakers. According to the Mizuno website, I am a high arch neutral type foot, but I tried their Wave Riders and the arch was placed too far back for my foot. I could tell it would make my heel feel like it was splitting off from the rest of my foot like the New Balances did.

Thanks to anyone who has taken the time to read this, who has experience and can give good feedback.
Steve

Cornelius, OR

#2 Feb 5, 2007
Nate, not to sound impolitic, but it could be your weight. If you are very overweight, you could simply be putting too much stress on your joints. I wouldn't worry about jogging anyway...as a beginner, just work up your walking speed for 30-60 mins. Jogging can always come later, but walking can be very beneficial for cardiovascular health and weight loss.
jetman

Thornville, OH

#3 May 10, 2011
I'm 54 and not in too bad shape but decided I need to lose about 15 lbs and work on improving my cardio. I typically sit at a desk or am on the road and get no exercise in my day to day routine. I started running 3 weeks ago every other day SLOWLY starting at 1 mile and have worked up to 2-1/2 miles. I'm male 5'9"/170 lbs when I started and while watching my diet am down to 162 today. I never had knee problems but the first 1/2 mile of my jog, my knees mildly hurt but start to feel better for the rest of the run. I'm averaging 5.5 mph and taking it really easy. Will this go away eventually or am I doing something wrong? I try to stretch and bought a decent pair of running shoes. Are there excercises I should be doing to help strengthen my knees?

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