Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to join the Andech’s trail, since I have been suffering from severe asthma during the allergy season, but now I am back on track. AND: I am back in training preparing for my first half-marathon in October this year. Over the past few months, I’ve been feeling some pain in my right knee so that I needed to take it easy. My doctor told me that they were symptoms of a runner’s knee: The stress of running can cause irritation where the kneecap rests on the thighbone. The resulting pain can be sharp and sudden or dull and chronic, and it may disappear while you’re running, only to return again afterward. While biomechanical issues may be to blame for runner’s knee, the cause can often be traced back to poorly conditioned quadriceps and tight hamstrings.


According to the Global Pain Index, body pain can effect your emtions so that people feel stressed, worried or annoyed. Well, I could definitely relate to that. Thus, I decided to change my workout routine, building up more strengths in order to support my kneecaps, since weak quads aren’t able to support the patella, leading it to track out of alignment, and inflexible hamstrings can put pressure on the knee.

In order to treat and avoid another bout with runner’s knee, I’ve been adding strengthening and stretching to my routine so that I am finally back on track.


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