Any runners out here? [joint pain!]
I'm on the cross country team at my high school and pre-season practices have been going for a few weeks now. I'm still not completely in shape and we usually only do around 1 1/2- 3 miles per practice this early in the season, so it's pretty light.
But one thing I've noticed since the season has started is my left knee [sometimes my right but not so much] has become SO intolerable!
It's a strange pain, I only get it when my knee is bent, like if I'm sitting and my knee is bent it just becomes stiff and starts to hurt very badly and I need to unbend it. I usually keep it unbent because it starts to hurt within seconds of it being bent!
Sometimes it makes a cracking/popping sound when I unbend it too.
Uh, it's just so uncomfortable I can't take it, even driving in my car is a pain cause I can't full stretch out the leg and it often distracts my driving! So do any of your runners out there, or maybe you non-runners know what's going on or how I can make it feel better? It seems to just get worse the more and more I run :[