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2 questions. When I do my C25K it's around my neighborhood block. One side is up hill and the other side is down hill and the 2 short sides are pretty flat. Will this help me run better and longer? Will it make me stronger? And also, sometimes my knees feel weak/sore and I wonder if it's from the 2 differing inclines.
I really hope some of our running mommies help answer this. I don't know as much about running. I know that my knees will sometimes hurt from overuse though. When I first started doing the elliptical I had a lot of problems with my knees hurting but now they don't. I would guess that the incline is contributing to your knee pain/soreness.
I hate hills but they do fabulous things for endurance and training. I don't have too much trouble with my knees so I'm probably not too much help. I do find that if I don't have the right shoes or they are wearing out, then my legs, feet and joints will ache more. It does put different types of pressure and torque when you go up and down hills. When I started running again after my last baby, my knees started bothering me a little, but with time and some glucosamine (that I no longer take) they were fine.
The first time I started Couch to 5K I had quite a bit of pain in my knees. It could also be related to the shoes you are wearing. I've changed my shoes and it made a difference. I've heard incline helps with endurance
Sorry, I'm not much help. I'm not a big runner, although I like to get out and run at least once a week. If I do more than that it hurts my knees....but I have arthritis. I just have to listen to my body and take it easy if that happens. I think it could be making your knees hurt. Do you think it's muscle pain or bone? Just listen to your body!
Trisha--proud stay at home mommy and wife.