I ran cross country in the Ozark mountains of NW Arkansas from 5th grade through high school in the 70s through 85 when I left for college and work. From 95 to current I have cycled road and MTB competitively. IN 2008 I was training in Houston for the Houston marathon in 2009 and came back from a week in San Diego running with crazy knee pains. The ortho said my patella bone was not in the groove. Now in 2012 I am trying again here in San Antonio. I really love running even more than cycling. I ride mostly single speed for its simplicity which is why I like running.
For the past month I have been running with Merrel trail gloves (Vibram sole with wide open toe box) and Saucony Kinvara 3 minimal shoes and doing okay with minimal knee pain and mostly calf muscle soreness from hills and focus on mid/forefoot strike trying to run soft. A massage therapist said my patella bone is right where he expects to find it now but I still have quite a bit of knee pain on the right side nearly full circle and on the upper edges of the tibia. I have been reading and getting ready for a visit to a new ortho this week. Between a nearly flat foot and longer second toe, I suspect I have a bio-mechanical issue causing my knee some unneeded stress. I like the minimalist running for the feedback but the concrete running and foot configuration may be working against me and I need more cushion.
By posting in this blog on Running with Eric I anticipate getting some feedback from more experienced runners to give me more information in next steps and experiments to try.