A message from Anonymous
Hey! I've started to run because although I hate it, I want to be an active runner. I've been running 3 miles at least, but every time I am done, my upper back is in extreme pain. I don't know what i'm doing wrong. I stretch and everything, before and after, and it still hurts a lot. Do you have any suggestions?
Back pain is pretty common when you start, you need to build a strong core to support your weight while running. Do exercises that strengthen the core such as planks, crunches, and ab presses that advance your running routine by around 10% a week to gradually build endurance and give your body time to adapt. Also check your form - heel striking can lead to back pain, run on the balls of your feet or mid-foot. If all else fails, get checked out by a doctor - severe pain is a serious symptom and you could have underlying physical issues that need medical attention. Until you do, don’t put stress on your lower body or back to avoid further injury.