When tightness or cramps set in, these four fixes offer quick relief.
What it feels like: Tightness between the shoulder blades
Why it happens: This kind of pain is linked to hip misalignment and mainly affects postpartum women: many have not fully rehabbed, causing them to run with an anterior pelvic tilt, which puts pressure on the back and shoulders. Other people may run with shoulders shrugged and head forward, putting strain on upper back muscles.
The fix: Try big backward shoulder rolls while running. If the pain doesn’t subside, get off the course and lace your fingers together with your palms facing each other, behind your back. Straighten up as tall as possible, then bend backwards gently at the hips until you feel a stretch in your upper back.