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1524 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Mar 21, 2013 1:18 PM by Jasko123
mlshortle Rookie 1 posts since
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Mar 20, 2013 2:43 PM

Running with a bad back

I have a problem...I really love to run but have a couple of back issues and I can only one long run (maybe two if one is a short run) per week plus some cross training (spin and elliptical).  I've been successful with 5ks and a little longer distances but really want to do a half marathon this November.  Any ideas of a training program that will get me ready for this?

  • BOSNPM We're Not Worthy 2,482 posts since
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    1. Mar 21, 2013 6:05 AM (in response to mlshortle)
    Running with a bad back

    Do some core work.  Plankes front sides, and lower back stuff supermans, ect. 

  • Jasko123 Legend 461 posts since
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    2. Mar 21, 2013 1:18 PM (in response to mlshortle)
    Running with a bad back

    I agree with the advice for strength training...weights take awhile to produce results, but consistent work will make a difference.  The other thing is try running in a tightly-fitted vest.  (It can be lightweight, but needs to be snug and longer to secure slightly below the waistline).  This helps a great deal with posture and aids in lower back support).


    If you are looking for a specific training program, there are tons available on the Internet (many are similiar, cookie-cutter suggestions, so my humble advice is just to slowly increase your long-run schedule (do double miles on some days with mornings and evenings) and continue with the weekend races to include 8k and 10k opportunities. 


    Here is an example of a schedule


    Again, do not push yourself because you have plenty of time to build your endurance and work up to the distance.


    Wishing you all the best!

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