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W6r1 - backache

Hello - I guess this is a stretch related problem. My lower back is always vulnerable but didn't start moaning till AFTER yesterday's run. I might take an extra rest day. The run itself was ok thanks to prewarnings on the forum (thanks guys); I might otherwise have imagined myself loping like a gazelle - more like a huffling effalump. Still pondering parkrun or race for life - mmmm.

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Hi, yes, always warm up properly and stretch well afterwards, think the stretching guide is still on the pinned posts at the side. Some aches n pains can happen when starting to run, body getting used to it. Take a bit more rest if need be, and maybe some anti inflammatory cream, just a mild backache will probably fade away, remember slow n steady! I started Parkrun at w6, doing the c25k runs, it's brilliant!

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Thanks davelinks- reassuring.

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One thing you could look at is pilates. I've had various problems with my back and pilates has really helped strengthen it reducing any issues when running. 😊

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Yes big thumbs up for Pilates! My teacher is on hols - could be why back is moaning! Thx

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Yes I was thinking a posture problem would increase back pain during running and Pilates is good for correcting this.

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Yes definitely Pilates and posture is so important too especially when sitting. I've had lower back problems for years and have just discovered that I've been sitting the wrong way for years!

Google search for some Pilates stretches for the back - specifically cat stretch, swan, child pose.

Also tight glutes can cause lower back pain so don't forget to stretch this area after every run.

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Good ideas. Thanks Irishprincess

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Maybe try some core strengthening to aid posture etc

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As they all said, runners need good core strength.

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Everything the friends suggested... :) Hope it eases :)x

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W6r2 accomplished- no backache, after extra rest day. Pain before 'might' have been because I strayed from my grassy clifftop path and did hard pavements. Back to the grass for me - with a hairband for the mad winds.

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