Not being a sporty girl I clearly have no clue about running attire. Don't get me wrong, having worked out in the past I know that I need good sneaks, a decent sport bra, and comfy clothes. However, I'm not up on other things.
I've been running now for about four weeks and I look forward to it. (Who would've ever thought I say that!?!) And sometime last week my knees began to kill me. They hurt when I walked, sat, laid down, slept & I had to even take some Advil PM one night just to sleep. At 1st I thought it was the fact that I am pretty overweight; my joints not being able to support my weight with the impact running creates. Then I realized what it most likely was.
One: I wasn't stretching before or after running. I have a bad back & should be stretching anyways, but what can I say...I didn't want to waste the time (impatient). But this incredible pain made me realize how important stretching is. So now I stretch before I leave the house or right after my warm-up & then again when I return. My husband recommends stretching warm muscles and to do it after I've moved a little bit. I have to say that stretching after my warm-up helps a bunch.
Two: I have 2 pairs of sneaks. I have a white/blue pair that are incredibly comfy & a grey/purple pair that I completely forgot about in my closet. As a walker I purchased running shoes, but one time I must've bought cross-trainers. (Why? I have no clue!) I know that my white/blue pair are kinda old and need to be replaced and thought that it would not be good to run in worn out sneaks, so I decided to switch to the grey/purple cross-trainers. Well, it wasn't until after the knee pain that I remembered these were indeed cross-trainers. I switched back to the white/blue pair and already am experiencing less pain.
All I can say is that between these two things, I am already feeling better. It doesn't hurt as much when I walk up/down my stairs. Nor are me knees going snap, crackle, pop anymore when I move. I know that I need new sneakers and will be getting some the next time my hubby & I head to the outlets in Kittery or Freeport. I can't wait!!!