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  1. keahgirl8

    keahgirl8 DIS Veteran

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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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  3. dburg30

    dburg30 Ferb, I know what we're going to do today! Yes, I

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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?
     
  4. keahgirl8

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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
     
  5. runsandjumps

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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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    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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  7. keahgirl8

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    Thanks everyone! I will try to relax and keep my shoulders down!
     
  8. WeRunDisney

    WeRunDisney Earning My Ears

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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. :)
     
  9. BernardandMissBianca

    BernardandMissBianca <font color=red>I just love a dancing banana!<br>< Moderator

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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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  10. keahgirl8

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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.
     
  11. dburg30

    dburg30 Ferb, I know what we're going to do today! Yes, I

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    :thumbsup2 That's great!
     
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    Snelldog Earning My Ears

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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!!
     
  13. keahgirl8

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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!
     
  14. dburg30

    dburg30 Ferb, I know what we're going to do today! Yes, I

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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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    BernardandMissBianca <font color=red>I just love a dancing banana!<br>< Moderator

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    That's awesome!!

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    Congratulations on starting, and good on you for doing this!

    Warning running is addictive! I started with C25k several years ago. I will complete my first marathon this fall due to not being given the go ahead until now. I have completed half marathons, century rides, olympic triathlon, and Half Iron Distance Triathlon since that first 5k :).

    Get your endorphins running!
     
  18. keahgirl8

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    At the beginning, I thought I would just do some 5Ks and that's it. Now I'm thinking about a half someday!
     
  19. dewingedpixie

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    You should do it :). Half is a great distance, just enough of a challenge but not too much to overwhelm yourself.
     
  20. keahgirl8

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    My first 5K is in a couple of weeks, and I'm almost done with the Jeff Galloway program. It feels like it would be doable with the run/walk method!
     
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    Many people run walk 13.1 there is no shame in that. A mile is a mile be it 4 minutes or 15 its a mile.
     

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