I’m a bit confused now.
Following up the mysterious knee clicking…. I’m still leaning towards it being ITBS, but it’s far from certain.
I ran today. I had a mile walk to begin with (as I usually do) and it was clicking CLICK CLICK CLICK annoying pretty much continually for the first half (the click is a feeling, not a sound), until it made a proper audible click from somewhere else in my knee and stopped. Like a pressure release. Which makes no sense to me, but I do sometimes feel a sort of pressure on the inner side of my knee (but it’s REALLY slight and I may be imagining it). I also have to consider that I do just as much walking as running (~3 miles a day on weekdays) and I like to walk fast (I’m very impatient when I get off a train) so it may be caused by my walking gait…
Then I had a nice run. Very nice in fact. 4.9 miles at what felt like a moderate, maybe slightly fast but still comfortable, pace which turns out to be 38:38 or 7:53 a mile, during which time I felt precisely zero clicks. And, yes, I was paying attention. It wasn’t long enough to get tired so I was able to focus on my form. It may well be that as I’ve pushed the distances up my form has gone to pot and I need to go backwards and rebuild it. I’ve noticed my left and right legs are definitely not doing quite the same things by default, which is something I need to rectify and burn into my muscle memory. My left leg seems to go naturally into a mid-foot strike and my right, well, I’m not entirely sure what it does. I was able to get it consistently mid-striking, but it took concentration. I noticed that doing so worked my outer thigh harder, which, coincidentally or not, is where the ITB lives.
Then I did a long (25-30 minute) stretch and strength routine, during which time it was definitely clicking when I flexed my knee.
The mystery continues. I’m really surprised the clicking didn’t expose itself while running.
I’ve decided to give it two weeks with:
- Much more attention to running form and reduction in distance (and hills)
- Daily stretching (hooray yoga)
- Daily strength exercises (muscles permitting, so probably not daily really)
- New running shoes – starting today (my old ones were slightly overdue being retired)
- Different walking shoes, and more attention to walking form, and maybe walking a bit slower…
And if the clicking doesn’t change or gets worse (or turns into actual pain) then I’ll be off to see a doctor :-\ I’m writing this because now I’ve declared it here, I’ll actually have to do it.