i'm no expert but i don't think the knee was made to stretch. Stretching is for muscles. Your knee is a joint. I think you want it to stay as stable as possible.Can you describe the discomfort? Is it all the time, or just when you bend it? Is it a pinchy feeling or like a dull ache?
correct you can stretch your hamstrings or quads thoughbut best advice is to rest - if pain persists time to see dr.
where does it hurt on your knee? congrats on the quick pace - that's awesome!
Oops, posted this below It's kinda the sides of the knee - on either side of the knee cap. It's fine when i'm sitting or moving my leg (while sitting) but when I walk it's like a dull ache.Thanks! I really want to be a better runner!
Ice is your friend I didn't start running until a few years AFTER I lost all the cartilage in one knee.Most knee stiffness/pain is not muscular, it's tendon and/or cartilage related. For such irritations, ice is your friend. 15-20 minutes of ice, shortly after the excercise, will help to reduce the irritation and/or inflammation your activity may have caused.I use those blue gel ice packs, and wrap one layer of paper towel around them. Directly on the skin, ice can do damage.Do some hamstring stretches. Avoid, hyper-extending the knee - that is, bending it backwards. That takes a long time to recover from.I'm also no expert, but by using ice regularly, I've been able to run for 25 years or so.HTH
that would make sense It's kinda the sides of the knee - on either side of the knee cap. It's fine when i'm sitting or moving my leg (while sitting) but when I walk it's like a dull ache.Thanks! I really want to be a better runner!
IT Band Sounds like you might IT Band syndrome. It's very common in runners and you should look into getting a foam roller and using it on your IT band.