Shake out run… A day or two late

Yesterday was a good run; my first run after my half on Saturday.

I only had one issue.  No, not my hip.  My legs felt a little tired, but okay.

No, my issue was one I never expected.

My right shoulder.


I woke up with a raging headache on Monday night / Tuesday morning.  As I got up to take some Advil, I noticed my shoulder was hurting badly.  Not just a pull, but more like a pinched nerve.  I took some Advil and went back to sleep, but it was hard getting into a comfortable position.  After I woke up I felt fine and actually forgot all about the incident until my run yesterday.

About 3/4 of a mile into my run, I felt the same feeling in my shoulder.  My thoughts went directly to the race I ran and wondering if I held my shoulders too tight and did something to myself.  As I ran yesterday, I tried to keep my shoulder loose and rotated my arm around to see if I could get any relief.  Finally, I decided to run 4 miles rather then 5 and headed home.

After my run I was fine.  I played with the dog and all was well.  I slept well last night with no problems.  I am hoping that it was just a one night thing and that I slept wrong rather then something that will be longer term.  Honestly, I thought to myself, “Seriously! I finally ran a great race, didn’t get hurt and had a fun time and now it is my shoulder that is hurt?!”

I really do think I am fine, but it was a big concern yesterday.  Oh, and by the way, the run did go well.  It was hot and my legs were a little tired, but I finished my 4 miles at an 8:21 pace, which is about average for me lately.

Have an awesome day.


8 thoughts on “Shake out run… A day or two late

  1. I hope that you are feeling better. I too have had a bit of what 2 cups described. During my last marathon training towards the end I had shoulder aches. I think it was from running so much and for long distances and I likely tensed up some without realizing. What we do when we are pushing through a race is probably a mystery! Hope it works out soon.

    • Thanks. I do hold my iPhone in my right hand and noticed in photos that my left hand is clenched in a fist in all the pics. I think I was so trying to keep my pace up that I just really tensed up. That is an issue I really have tried to fix on my training runs (not tensing up), but I guess I’m not there yet!

    • I think you are correct, as it didn’t bother me last night. Just a bit freaky having that happen on my first run after the half. But when I read your comment, I suddenly remembered waking up last night with some hip pain. Weird. I guess I need to take it easy for a while. I ran way too fast for my run yesterday, but I am on a record pace for the month and didn’t want to get a slower average pace. This running thing can be so complicated… 🙂

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