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Author:  papercuts [ Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:17 pm ]
Post subject:  lower back pain and running

Hello! I'm just wondering if anyone else has had any experience with this. I'm a fairly new runner (been into it for about a year), and in the last couple of months have noticed that when I run more than 5 miles at a stretch I come away with dull pain/stiffness in my lower back that lasts for days. Admittedly, I don't do much in the way of cross-training other than an occasional yoga class. I have cut back on my running this month but I plan to amp it up again to train for the knoxville half marathon starting in a couple of weeks. Right now I only run 3 miles 3 or 4 times a week, but my back pain is starting up again! I work an office job, but am still pretty young (27). Anyone have any experience with this? I don't strike with my heel when I run. I do plan on seeing a Dr. in the next few weeks, but I'm just trying to see if you all have any advice or ideas. Could it be something as simple as poor core-conditioning?

Author:  Arisaig [ Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: lower back pain and running

papercuts wrote:
Could it be something as simple as poor core-conditioning?

That's what I thought when I read the subject line and I bet that's the problem - it's the reason for lower back pain in many non-runners too.

You don't even have to do a lot to help fix the problem (if that's the reason). 2-3 short sessions of abdominal exercises a week and you should be good.

Learn how to do a pelvic tilt, too. Keeeping your torso in line when you run will help prevent back pain. One of the best tips I ever read for running is to think of a string going through your head down the back of your neck to your tailbone. Then imagine someone is pulling gently on the string so your back straightens. This does a number of things for your running form but it also keeps you from pushing your stomach forward and sticking your butt back, which puts strain on your lower back.

Author:  molly [ Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: lower back pain and running

Make sure you have good, properly fitting shoes, too!

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