Something else you could try is going to a store that specializes in selling running shoes. They should have someone on staff who can help you pick out the best shoe for your gait. This will help a TON. The spring before my senior year of high school I left the football team for the cross country team after realizing that I didn't have the size (even though I'm a 5'10" 225lb guy, the rest of the guys were 6'3 or taller and none weighed less than 250) to play on the line and start. That summer I went through 3 pairs of running shoes and I went through 2 more in the fall before going to a running store and getting fitted for shoes. Switched to asics and I've bought the exact same line of shoes for the past 6 years. Best choice, athletics-wise, that I have ever made.
You can't die. That would upset the equilibrium in the Cave.
Strengthen your quads. I'm no runner, but I used to have knee pain after strenuous activity and the #1 thing that helped me was getting stronger. Especially single-leg movements, which really help stability. You can do some free weight work or something as simple as getting out of a chair or stepping onto a chair.
Was that serious advise? A treadmill is NOT a solution, unless you want to run on constant incline. Running on an incline treadmill is the only good part about them. Flat running on a treadmill is absolutely terrible for your knees
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