Also, make sure you're not clenching your hands. That causes tension to travel all the way up your arms to your shoulders & neck. I found that tapping each finger against my thumb for a few minutes would remind me to keep my hands, arms, shoulders relaxed. I find that I do it now without even realizing it (usually after a few miles or after a hill).
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Oh yeah, the key is to RELAX! Do you run with an interval timer? If you do, take the opportunity with each beep to check yourself - relax your head, jaw, neck, shoulders, shake out your arms, wiggle your hips and relax your legs and feet. My longer runs, especially when it was chilly, hurt my shoulders and my JAW especially.
Good luck, stay loose ;o)
Kirsten Peterborough, Ontario
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When I first started doing long distances, I had the same issue - after my first half, the thing that hurt the worst was my shoulders, would you believe!! I was tensing up way too much in my upper body. Now i like to make sure my upper body gets a good stretch with each run, and as I'm on the move, I'll check in with myself and remind myself to loosen up. Sometimes I'll even shake and wiggle my arms and shoulders around a bit when i'm running or taking a walk break. It probably looks goofy but it helps me!!
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I used to get shoulder & neck pain when I first started running. Now, I spend almost as much time stretching my arms & neck before running as I do stretching my legs. If I notice myself tensing up while I run, I "shake out" my arms & neck while I run. I'm sure it looks crazy as I run along flopping my arms around and rolling my head around on my neck, but it really does help.
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