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« on: May 01, 2012, 07:06:05 PM »

I started running in VFFs about a year ago. I'm not a heavy runner; I used to do about 10 miles/day in high school, but stopped when my knees began to hurt if I ever ran more than a mile in regular shoes. I took up VFFs as a way to continue without knee pain, and for a while it worked - I can run about 2 to 2.5 miles now before I stop myself so that my calves aren't too sore the next day.

However, I've recently noticed that my knees will start hurting again about 1.5 miles in. I don't know if I'm landing wrong or have wrong form, but I try to land forefoot first while keeping my foot as horizontal as possible and keeping my knees bent. My heels do contact the ground afterwards but I definitely don't land on them.

Any advice? Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2012, 05:21:13 PM »

I'd say, don't consciously land forefoot, just let your feet plant, if they are under you, you can't heel strike anyways, so small steps, and just relax, if you heel strike you'll feel it. I used to concentrate on forefoot landing and that was no good for my calves.
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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2012, 07:27:38 PM »

Make sure too that your feet are pointed forward in your direction of travel.  If they're pointed out to the side, that can put some torque on your knees.

Where exactly is the knee pain?  Bottom of the knee cap?  Or on the sides?
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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2012, 08:35:49 PM »

I'd say it's on the outside edge of my patella (not the patella itself but in that general area).

Thank you both for the advice...I guess I'm just unsure of how hard my heel should be hitting the ground after the initial plant. Another thing is that people say you should feel like you're 'falling foward', but I've yet to really experience that without doing some goofy stride that wastes too much energy pushing my body up, rather than forward (if that makes any sense...)
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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2012, 10:19:08 PM »

If its the outside of the knee, maybe ITBand? Have you tried a foam roller, it's a unique form of pain ;-)
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