• disclaimer! i'm not a doctor, this is just my opinion based on personal experience. it could be that you need new running shoes, many people run in their old shoes long after they should have replaced them. for me, i run maybe 20-30 km per week, depending on where i'm at and how lazy i feel. i usually replace my shoes about once every 9 months or so. it could also be that you slept in a goofy position overnight and pulled a back muscle. you may want to take a couple days off running and see how your back feels. if it's not any better, definitely talk to a physician and see what they have to say.
  • Could also be because when you are running the muscles in your lower back and abdomen are being used more to hold your body up straight. Obviously you do this day in and day out whilst sitting but when running, you are subjecting your body to increased forces which push and pull on your body. The core muscles have to work harder to maintain posture. The ache could be a sign that the muscles are not yet used to this stress and are repairing themselves more than they are used to. This is fine, but resting a day or so should help. You may notice this more the next day if you have also been running on uneven surfaces as this works them even harder.
  • Magnesium strengthens muscles, calms nerves, stops cramps, and fights infections. Get epsom salt. It is cheap, five bux for a year's supply. Put a dose in a glass with water to cover and stir until it dissolves. Fill the glass with lemonade and drink it. You can take it without the lemonade but you won't like the taste. Milk of magnesia is more expensive but nicer tasting and gentler laxative action. Your choice. Calcium is nature's pain controller, and the only side effects are strong bones and peaceful sleep. If you are low in one, you probably are low in both. Tums=calcium.
    • Jewels Vern
      The third possibility is vitamin C. The pads between the discs are made of vit. C.

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