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Old 01-26-2013, 01:18 PM   #1
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Hello everyone! I have just started a C25K program with hopes of doing a Disney 5K. This comes after years of saying I couldn't or wouldn't ever run.

I noticed today that I get a little achy in my shoulder when I am running. Has anyone else experienced this, and do you have any advice?
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:31 PM   #2
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I am FAR from a professional running person, but my GUESS would be that you arent relaxing and are just tensing those muscles. OR depending on your level of fitness or lack thereof (like me) you could just be using muscles you arent used to using.. Is it a sore muscle type of ache? or more a pain type of ache?
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:36 PM   #3
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It's like a sore muscle. It doesn't hurt afterward, only while I'm running. Maybe it's bad form? I don't know. I have no idea what I'm doing! lol
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:31 PM   #4
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I would invest in good shoes and make sure your head is up. I am still learning myself too. Oh and stretch.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:31 AM   #5
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Yes definately poor form and not relaxing.When I start up again after a long time off I have to keep reminding myself to keep my shoulders down.


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Old 01-27-2013, 10:50 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone! I will try to relax and keep my shoulders down!
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:06 AM   #7
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Hey girl, I am a veteran runner (completed 4 half marathons) and I am THE WORST about this! I notice it more when I run on a treadmill than outside, so you might try changing up your runs. I definitely try to focus on relaxing my neck and shoulders, but sometimes it's hard. Sounds like you're doing great and you will LOVE a runDisney 5k - the Disney races are truly the best.
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:52 PM   #8
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DS16 draws his shoulders up when he runs (he's a cross country and track runner). 2 things he needs to do is shake out his arms, that helps to relax the shoulders and drop his arms and the second is to lift his chin a little. When he tucks his chin it slows him up and makes his shoulders draw up.
Hopefully this can help you too.

Oh and I draw my shoulders up too, I shake my arms out every once in a while.

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Thanks everyone! I am working on it, trying to look up and relax. I only had the pain for a minute or so today, so I must be figuring it out! Your advice has really helped.
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That's great!
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I have been running for 5 years now, and I used to get bad upper neck pains and shoulder pains like this. A friend suggested making small circles with my thumb and forefingers on each hand as I ran. I just kinda pinch them together and bounce them up and down in a circular pattern as I go. Within about 2 weeks of trying this, my pains were gone! Good luck, and keep up the good work!!
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I have been running for 5 years now, and I used to get bad upper neck pains and shoulder pains like this. A friend suggested making small circles with my thumb and forefingers on each hand as I ran. I just kinda pinch them together and bounce them up and down in a circular pattern as I go. Within about 2 weeks of trying this, my pains were gone! Good luck, and keep up the good work!!
That's a great tip! I will try that if I need to in the future. Today, I had no pain! Hooray!
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yea.. little LIGHT pressure circles or have heard pretend you are cupping / holding a butterfly or small bird...
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That's a great tip! I will try that if I need to in the future. Today, I had no pain! Hooray!
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