How to prevent back pain while running

Running is a great all-around workout, but it may result in back pain if not done right. Here are five tips to help you prevent injury:
Stretch daily

If you plan on running several times a week, stretching daily is important. Running puts a lot of stress on your body and may result in negative side effects if your body isn't prepared. 

Even on days where you don't run, stretch anyway. A best practice is to stretch right when you wake up in the morning, as it is easy to fit into your daily routine and will give you a healthy start to your day.

Warm up
Once people lace up their sneakers, they want to immediately hit the road or the treadmill. Before any workout, running included, not properly warming up can lead to injury. At the very least, you may not reap all the benefits of exercising.      
When warming up, don't stretch just your legs. Limbering up the rest of your body will help prevent injury as well as increase your heart rate and blood flow pre-workout. This will help you reach peak performance early on in your run. 
Shoes
While some sports require shoulder pads, mouth guards and helmets, running seems minimalist. All runners need are shoes, but not any pair of sneakers will do. Sneakers without the right support can result in a poor running posture and back pain.
Running shoes are specially designed to withstand the repetitive impact of your feet hitting the ground.
If you have running shoes but the cushioning in the soles is wearing out, then it might be time to get a new pair.
Soft surfaces
Ever wonder why tracks are made out of materials like stone dust, clay or rubber? It's because the softer surfaces reduce injuries. 
Think about how hard your feed strike the ground. That puts a lot of stress on your body. While having the right shoes helps reduce this, running on a soft surface negates that stress even further. Whenever possible, opt to run on one of these types of surfaces.
Posture
Running with the correct posture will help reduce back pain. Keep your back and neck straight and perpendicular to the ground. When you stride, you should always land on the middle of your foot. If the first point of contact is your toe or heel, you may lose balance and disrupt your posture. Also, don't reach forward with your stride but bring your foot straight down.
If you do experience pain, don't continue running. You may only be making it worse. If pain persists, consult with a professional chiropractor as soon as possible.