Back/rib pain

First time runner needs advice

3 messages
18/01/2013 at 11:26

Hi All

Just wanted to double check about a pain I have experienced a couple of times whilst out running. 

Basically, back at the beginning of January I started to train to run a 5k after no previous experience. I am starting to get quite good completing a 5k circuit in around 35 minutes of walking/running.

However, a couple of times now I have experienced a pain/muscle pull in my back around the lower rib area - the pain seems to be associated to my breathing, though movement makes it hurt too.

Is this normal? Any idea how to prevent it?

Thanks all


20/01/2013 at 11:22's most liley to be referred pain from your neck NOT muscle or rib.

The cause? Hunced running posture, hours at a desk and poking your chin out to see where you're going.

Run taller, not stiffer. Relax your shoulder blades and look forwards not down - chest up.

21/01/2013 at 10:02

Thanks so much - that sounds about right. Also, found some great stretches to do in the latest issue of Men's Running to combat the 'desk' posture. 

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