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    This isn't really a 'primal' question, per se, but I've recently cut down on my running in favour of walking. I usually run about 15 miles a week, but after learning about the benefits of interval training, I've decided to switch to sprints. Anyway, I've never had trouble with my knees when running, but now, when I go for a walk, my knees are just killing me! Have I forgotten how to walk properly?! Has this happened to anyone else?

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    I wonder if you've changed how you flex your foot while walking versus running. Could your Achille's be getting tight? That often causes knee pain.

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    • #3
      Walking and running are important tasks of you daily exercise..

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Robynbee View Post
        This isn't really a 'primal' question, per se, but I've recently cut down on my running in favour of walking. I usually run about 15 miles a week, but after learning about the benefits of interval training, I've decided to switch to sprints. Anyway, I've never had trouble with my knees when running, but now, when I go for a walk, my knees are just killing me! Have I forgotten how to walk properly?! Has this happened to anyone else?
        Are you stretching properly? Tight quads can sometimes affect knees I think. Or maybe it's not the walking that's the problem but the sprinting?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Robynbee View Post
          This isn't really a 'primal' question, per se, but I've recently cut down on my running in favour of walking. I usually run about 15 miles a week, but after learning about the benefits of interval training, I've decided to switch to sprints. Anyway, I've never had trouble with my knees when running, but now, when I go for a walk, my knees are just killing me! Have I forgotten how to walk properly?! Has this happened to anyone else?
          Primal is a lifestyle not a diet. Questions about running and walking are very primal.

          Experiment when you walk. What makes it better or worse?
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          • #6
            I do sometimes rush through my stretches, it could indeed be muscle tightness.
            I find that if I walk uphill or keep my knees bent a bit at all times, that seems to make it better.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Robynbee View Post
              I do sometimes rush through my stretches, it could indeed be muscle tightness.
              I find that if I walk uphill or keep my knees bent a bit at all times, that seems to make it better.
              That does sound like muscle tightness. I had knee surgery a couple months ago and can only strengthen my leg 95% of the way. My physiotherapist said that tight hamstrings can hamper full extension so maybe you have a similar issue.
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              • #8
                Stretching?

                Started my journey on May 22, 2010:

                Beginning weight ~180
                Current weight ~145

                Nov. 9, 2009........Nov. 9, 2010.....Jun. 17, 2011
                LDL 155...............LDL 176............LDL 139
                HDL 39................HDL 66..............HDL 95
                TGL 154..............TGL 77..............TGL 49

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                • #9
                  I walk A LOT for my work, usually between 10 and 15 miles a day, sometimes more, and 6 days a week.

                  I can't run to save my life.

                  They're completely different things, so you're going to be feeling it. I'd say give your supporting muscles a little bit of time to develop stuff you may not have used much. If you're still having problems, then I might worry a little more.
                  Durp.

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                  • #10
                    @kcult - pffffttt. That made me lol at work.

                    I did some yoga this morning (which is a new thing I'm trying to do) and holy cow was Downward Dog tough on my hammies. Yep, I may have a bit of a tightness issue there.

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                    • #11
                      I find walking MUCH harder on my feet knees and ankles than running. I significantly pronate when I walk, I do not when I run, etc.


                      MTA: there is a common misconception that walking and running are just 2 sides of the same coin Not the case. The way the body is used is just as different as between running and say....downhill skiing. The body has to adapt to the exercise.
                      Last edited by runnergal; 05-17-2011, 09:27 AM.
                      MTA: because it is rare I dont have more to say

                      "When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - my daughter Age 7

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