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Hello guys,

I would like to ask you if you have an experience with a pain in joints when running? When I run for the shirt distances, it does not hurt, but when I try to run more than 8-10 kms I get pain in my right leg, so I need to stop running. Also after running sometimes my knee is clicking when I am going up stairs, so it is so unpleasant, I feel myself like a robot :) And every time I do squats my knees make clicking sounds. Maybe my joints in the knees miss some liquids? Could you recommend me something? Thank you.

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Yes, my hips, knees and back feel like garbage after I run SO, I don't run. I've been a biker for about 4 years now and it's just so gentle on my body that I'm spoiled to running. Biking for the win! 

You may have some misalignments that need to be addressed by a trusted chiropractor or physical therapist.  

Also, your form may need work.  The best instruction I've found is www.chirunning.com.  Plenty of vids for this on youtube as well.

Some of us, whether it is previous injury, age, or genetics, are not cut out to be long distance runners, bikers, or extreme athletes.  For personal reasons, I have to stick to light dancing or walking. 

You could have yourself checked out by a medical professional to rule out any pre-existing injuries or a problem like bone spurs. 

Make sure you get enough nutrient dense calories on a regular basis and water is your best friend. 

After that, you might have to find exercises that work for you at this stage in your life. 

Peace, PK

Another thought I would like to add is that in nature, many animals do not do extreme exercises like humans choose to do.  They tend to walk to their destination.  Running is saved for the fight or flight reflex, not a way of life.  This is one way I made peace with my own limitations. 

Walking is very natural for us and we do it from age 1-99 years. 

Peace, PK

I would check out POSE method of running, and xero shoes, those two things really helped my form a lot. You might be heel striking, which can really bum up your knees!

I've been a high carb vegan since 2013 and had some joint issues running as well mainly my left knee. I've fixed the problem and have ran up to 30km in one go and regularly run over 10km as I train for my marathon. Anyways, feel free to message me with some more information and I'll help if I can!

Ive had plenty of knee injuries.

One likely cause of what you are causing is a muscle imbalance or a lack of flexibility in part of your leg.

A lot of people who suffer knee injuries have the exact symptoms you are describing, your treatment would likely be the same.

Endurance athletes suffer the same type of symptoms as well. They get injured, and run or train while favoring one side, it causes additional injuries in their legs.

I wouldn't just focus on diet. The symptoms you are describing are likely to just continue to get worse over time, so if you are serious about wanting to be able to do distance running, or just running in general, at some point in your distant future, I would look past just diet, and get into leg strengthening and increasing flexibility. The key is to be consistent, doing these workouts daily for several months.

I dealt with lots of issues similar to what you are describing, plus a variety of injuries. I was told I "would never run another marathon because my body wasn't designed for it". I ran a 100 mile race in December.

A good starting point...

Therapy exercises/stretches: http://www.knee-pain-explained.com/knee-strengthening-exercises.html

Knee stretches for runners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDhKVtkfnsg

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