Have you had a physical recently or talked to a doctor about this? I ask because it sounds like you may have a slight tracking problem with your knee. Women, especially those who've had children, have a wider pelvis, which forces the femur (thigh bone) to angle slightly toard the knee and the tibia (shin) to angle away from the knee. So needless to say, many women runners experience pain in the knees. With every step, your kneecap is pulling slightly to the outside of your legs. Work on strengthening your quadriceps, hamstrings and inner thigh muscles, as these will stabalize your kneecaps. Make sure you wear proper footwear, and run on flat, soft surfaces. Also, run later in the day when the muscles I mentioned above are warmed up from the day's activities and at their best, rather than in the morning.
at 1:01 PM on Oct. 6, 2008