Running pains; its all in your gait. Here is some helpful advice on improving what may be hurting you.
One of the best things we can do for patients who run after they have improved their original complaint is to video their gait on our offices treadmill. Often, they had developed bad running habits that have affected their symmetry, stride and cadence which increases stress on their joints.
One of the most common gait compensations is hunching of the shoulders which in effect is like braking. In effect, you are trying to accelerate with your lower body while braking with your upper body. This type of compensation can only be dealt with if you understand you are doing it, and over and under striding occurs and worsens with holding the shoulders tightly.
Of course, there are other things that will cause a running injury as well such as wearing the wrong shoe for your body style, not wearing foot orthotics when your body needs them to run properly and ignoring your body when it is telling you and injury is in the process of developing.
Here is an article that gives you some great ideas on how to improve your running gait which will lead to fewer injuries. Check it out here