I did week 5 run 3 on Saturday and after about 15 minutes a pain started on top of my right shoulder and neck. It felt like the same type of pain you get with a 'stitch' in your side when running. The exaggerated breathing was obviously making it worse, and although I carried on to complete the run (with a little slowing of the pace!) I'm a bit worried this is going to crop up again. It was incredibly uncomfortable. I got a small niggle with it on the previous run, but didn't think too much about it until it happened again.
Does this sound familiar to anyone else?
Any theories welcome??!
I think it was happening because I was tensing as I run. So i recommend trying to relax your arms and shoulders when you're running. Plus I started stretching my shoulders out really well at the beginning and ends of runs. I'm only in week 3 but I haven't had any issues with my shoulder since the beginning of week 1 since I started really stretching it out.
Hope this helps you
Hope this is of some help.
I have to admit that I wasn't doing any stretching on the arms before or after the runs....a little silly really being that I'm really strict about stretching everywhere else.....and have now incorporated it into my routine. It seems to be helping with the tension in the shoulders massively.
It had also never really occurred to me that the type of arm movement might be causing it.....but on closer examination I was indeed running like Rocky Balboa!!!! It's taking a bit of attention to correct it when I realise I'm doing it....but at least it takes my mind off the fact that I can't breathe!
So, cheers guys......I'm really chuffed that I'm now able to progress into weeks 7 to 9 and complete the challenge.