Originally Posted by Turkish1
New to the forum and hoping some of the experienced runners here could help. I am mid 30's, very active from a team related sports perspective which is obviously not quite the same as heading out for a run.
So i have had a few serious knee injuries and trying to get a bit of base fitness back by doing some road running (5-8k depending on how I'm feeling at 4:30-4:45 pace).
Issue is that, not too long into the runs (c. 2k or so) I am getting a tightness/tiredness in my back which i can feel is then shortening my strides significantly and my pace as a result. My legs themselves don't feel tired/heavy and not particularly out of breath during the run.
Just wondering if others have similar issues or if this is a common feeling while running? i.e. Is this just that my fitness levels aren't high enough for the pace I am running or would this point elsewhere potentially such as poor running technique, a weakness in my back, other?
Welcome to the forum.
I get a tight lower back as my pelvis tends to go out of line.
I don't work in km but I think that your km pace is fairly fast for someone new to running, unless you already have an excellent fitness level? Try slowing down as it'll make a world of difference. If you are not sure what pace to be running at try one of the pace calculators like run fast coach or Jack Daniels.
If your knees have been at you in the past be careful starting out.
I would highly recommend a gait analysis somewhere like Amphibian King or the Run Hub. No obligation to buy but they would assess based on your running gait, runners to suit you and provide correct cushioning.
Do you stretch at all after a run? I was at a pilates class on Wednesday and giving out about my tight hips and I was just told if you don't have time to stretch then cut two minutes off your run and make time as it is so important.
Also try running on grass and see if it eases as running on concrete does none of us any favours.
Hopefully some of that helps.