Running Woes

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    Jul 24, 2009 7:13 PM GMT
    I searched the forums and came across threads about running and lower back pain. Recently, I've had a problem with upper back pain during and after running. I've payed very close attention to my posture and have very good running shoes. The pain seems to be in the posterier triangle of the trapezius muscle. What would be a likely cause of this?

    Also, I've recently had a problem with getting a very upset stomach. I usually run after I have digested for a few hours to avoid this and get plenty of water. icon_mad.gif
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    Jul 24, 2009 10:28 PM GMT
    Your upper body may be too tense. You see a lot of runners hunching up their shoulders, everything should be loose and moving forward to back. Tensing up at the shoulders does nothing except waste energy. You may not even realize you're doing it so the best thing is to ask someone. In regards to getting sick you may simply be running too hard. Slow your pace, relax, and see if that helps.
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    Jul 24, 2009 11:05 PM GMT
    Upset stomach is somewhat common. But it really depends on what yo'ure eating. Personally, I don't eat a lot before a run. And nothing greasy. It's usually a bagel or some other starchy food. I generally avoid dairy or anything acidic like fruit juice.

    As for the pains, Runninchlt is right. I used to tense up. This caused my shoulders to roll forward. And my general torso/posture to lean forward as well. Not a very efficient form for running.

    Your head should be straight and looking forward. Shoulders back. Natural arch in your back. Hips tucked. Arms bent, elbows point out/back, and swinging freely in momentum.

    Whenever I see a marathon or track event on TV, I pay attention to the runners and their form. I use that as a visualization tool for my own runs. I think it helps.
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    Jul 25, 2009 4:21 PM GMT
    Some stretching might help, or perhaps a bit of yoga - which might be good for the playing as well.

    The guys above know more about running than I do, but you can also try shifting position as you run, to see what shifts bring you into a more comfortable posture.

    Experiment. You may learn that not eating before a run avoids the stomach upset, or that eating something just before running (banana, health bar) might actually help. You might also experiment with a sports drink - but read the directions carefully as to how much dilution, etc.

    A great deal of getting good at sport it learning about your own body and its reactions - so try this, try that - and see where it leads. One of the great Norwegian ski coaches, Haldor Skard, once remarked that the great skiers are artists who find their own answers to their own challenges. There's a lot in that.

    Good luck! Keepp us posted about progress.
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    Jul 30, 2009 10:19 PM GMT
    Any news? Have you tried any solutions that seem to help?

    One more thing that occurred to me: go to a really good running shoe store, if you can find one, and make sure you have the right shoes for you. This can make a difference in the oddest places, but the body is a whole and everything seems to effect everything else.

    I had great problems a number of years ago, but a good sport orthopod who made me orthotics, and a really good shoe store (Super Jock & Jill, in Seattle) made a huge difference.