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Post marathon Recovery



Why do my knee hurts after running for marathon?


Runner's knee, a condition also referred to as patellofemoral pain syndrome or PFPS, occurs in 15-40% of all runners training for marathons. Pain is caused by irritation of the cartilage on the underside of the kneecap (patella). It is the most common condition for runners. It's thought to be caused by an imbalance in the muscles that support your knee, and mechanical errors that can cause poor knee tracking. Pain is usually associated with your patella or kneecap and its surrounding soft tissues.

How long does runner's knee last?

How long will my Runner's knee last?

Patellofemoral syndrome will often require 4-6 weeks to fully recover given proper treatment and rest.


How long does knee pain last after a marathon?

On average, it takes four to six weeks to recover from runner's knee. You can speed up the recovery process by reducing the load on the affected knee and building strength with rehab exercises.

What is the fastest way to fix your knee pain after marathon?

  1. Rest your knee.

  2. Ice your knee to ease pain and swelling.

  3. Wrap your knee with knee support , crepe bandage.

  4. Elevate your leg on a pillow when you sit or lie down.

  5. Take over the counter medicines for the pain, if needed, one or two doses

  6. Do stretching and strengthening exercises, especially for your quadriceps muscles.

  7. You can reduce the risk of runner's knee by strengthening the leg muscles, wearing appropriate shoes, and gradually increasing training.

Should I Continue running if I have runners knee?


Reduce Running Intensity, But Don't Stop Exercising.

Avoid doing any intense running, such as long runs, intervals or speed work, as these may cause further damage to your knee and increase inflammation. If your level of pain is above a 3 out of 10, you may want to stop running entirely.

What happens if I ignore runner's knee?Can it cause permanent damage?

Yes, some evidence suggests that if you neglect runner's knee, it may predispose you to develop osteoarthritis in your patellofemoral joints.

If runners are not careful, marathon running may erode one vulnerable area within the knee. Most of the research into the effect of long distance running on knees has indicated that the activity is generally not harmful for healthy knees.

What Are benefits of running regularly?

Running can:

  • help to build strong bones, as it is a weight bearing exercise.

  • strengthen muscles.

  • improve cardiovascular fitness.

  • Burn plenty of Calories.

  • Help maintain a healthy weight.

What does 30 minutes of running do?

  • Keeping your run to 30 minutes reduces the risk of muscle fatigue or overstretching which in turn reduces the likelihood of injury.

  • Recovery time is also significantly lower than the time required for longer distance runs which allows you to train more frequently and consistently.

How many days you should practice running for marathon?


Your Preparation should start at least 4 to 6 months prior to the marathon day.

Start your knee conditioning exercises 4 times per week

Start building up stamina in your core muscles. 4weeks of regular workouts and training your body regularly.

4 days workout and 3 days of recovery for all amateur runners who want to excel in marathon timing.



How to recover post marathon?

After a marathon, you may find it helpful to do some active recovery workouts, such as walking, swimming or easy cycling.

About 30 minutes of light activity 3-4 times a week will help work some of the stiffness out of your muscles.

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