I'm 46 years old and, like many others, took up running to keep fit when the world went into lockdown. I'm not unfit, so jumped straight into running 5k.
First time out, it took me about 29 minutes and I slowly improved to a personal best of 24.04 in December... which I'm quite proud of... my ultimate goal is sub 23 minutes, so I'm not far off.
Along the way I discovered a whole host of new injuries, ITBS, Peroneal Tendonitis, Tight Calves, Patella Pain... but managed to shake each one off quite quickly by doing a bit of research and learning how to combat these injuries through rest, stretching, strength training and cross training (i.e. cycling instead of running for a bit).
Around the same time that I ran my PB I started getting pain behind my knees, another new injury, which I'm trying to convince myself is Hamstring Tendonitis, but I can't seem to shake it. I'm still able to/trying to run between 3 and 5 times a week, but I forgotten what it feels like to run without this pain behind my knees... so much so that I'm starting to think it's normal!
I have received conflicting advice from my friends... at one extreme I'm being told to keep running, go out every day, if only for a mile and it'll eventually go away... at the other extreme, I'm being told to stop running otherwise I'll soon have oesteoarthritis and be on my way to needing surgery.
Has anyone else experienced pain behind their knees when running and, if so, did you manage to cure it somehow?
Thank you in advance for any advice.