Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath can hit you like a ton of bricks on a run, especially if your pace is a bit too quick. In time you will learn and find your pace. Learning to control that instead of full-on sprinting at the start of your run and burning out will see you all the way through your run.
Painful skin-on-skin contact (or chaffing) can put a stop to a run when sweat and clothing rub uncomfortably against skin. You can ease the chaff by either wearing spandex under your running shorts or (for long runs) using lubrication (i.e., Vaseline) on thighs to reduce friction.
Runner’s knee (or patellofemoral pain syndrome) occurs with runners when kneecap (patella) cartilage becomes painfully inflamed and irritated. And we all know that running can be intense on the knees, causing pain and chronic flare ups if we run too long or too hard.
The dreaded side stitch can put a thorn in any good run. They are typically caused by either dehydration or hunger. So ensure you drink enough liquids and eat a small snack at least an hour prior to your run.
Shin splints are a real pain, well, in the shins! A condition medically referred to as medial tibial stress syndrome explains this shooting pain that causes tears in the muscles around your shin bones (or tibia). Take it easy when running down hills to take the stress and pain off shins.