I am shortly to begin training to run in my first marathon. Speaking with several other people regarding their similar experiences I am now quite concerned that I could end up doing some permanent damage to my knee during the training for and then running the race.
I lead a fairly active lifestyle: running short distances (10k), playing football (soccer) and the odd game of basketball. Not to mention I have been working out in the gym for the last 4 months doing strength and conditioning work in preparation for the training.
I don't have a history of bad knees... but then neither did my friends and they have still managed to hurt themselves.
How can I do my best to avoid such problems?