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For a new runner: is it normal for obliques to feel sore after running?

Thu. Mar 2, 12:45pm

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Certainly - running (and just about anything else) causes contraction of the abdonimal muscles. How much depends on your posture. If you are upright with your shoulders back and down and your lower abs 'sucked in' - you can have a 6-pack in no time! Just from running. isn't that a lovely side effect :-)

Thursday, March 02, 2006, 1:00 PM

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I'd like the nice abs please! But I could do without too much soreness. What the best stretches to avoid this? I do side stretches, taking each elbow behind my head, palm on back. Anything else?

Thursday, March 02, 2006, 1:06 PM

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Also make sure you aren't really swinging your body; try to keep your torso straight. It is better for your back as well.

Make sure you have good shoes - poor shoes have affected me in all sorts of negative ways in my whole body, not just like sore knees or something.

Thursday, March 02, 2006, 4:33 PM

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ooh, ooh, while on the subject of sore from running- what about upperback/shoulder/neck pain. Killed me te other night. Worse than the shin splints (I wear too high of heels, hence the splints if I don't walk flat footed enough). But I have no idea why the pain in my shoulder area. I don't swing my torso, I don't swing my arms across my chest. Though maybe it was the sports bra applying too much pressure on the back- switched bras, still hurt. What in the world is going on???

Friday, March 03, 2006, 1:22 AM

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I would pay a visit to your physician. It could be from running or something that your running is aggrevating.

Friday, March 03, 2006, 1:26 AM

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My #1 tip. Visit a running store and get fitted for proper shoes. You'd be amazed at how much better you feel. The proper running shoe can help correct bad form and decrease liklihood of injury.

Friday, March 03, 2006, 2:05 AM

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To add onto the question of sore stomach, I get pains in the balls of my feet, then my toes no numb. Anyone have this problem?

Friday, March 03, 2006, 3:05 PM

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Yes, it is normal to be sore after running, but do make sure you're wearing the proper shoes (definitely get fitted-have them watch you run). Also, don't do too much too soon. Maybe mix in some walking with your running.

As for the shoulders-make sure you're relaxed while running. Shake your arms if you feel yourself tensing up.

Friday, March 03, 2006, 3:09 PM

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Shoulder Pain

I've had shoulder pain too! Not every session and it's usually when I'm on a treadmill as opposed to ouside. It's a sharp, stabing type pain, like something is stabing me internally. I've checked my form, switched shoes, changed bras...nothing has worked but it's not consistent either. Some days it's there and it's BAD. Other days, I have no aches what-so-ever. Very strange! I wondered if it could have something to do with diet?

Friday, March 03, 2006, 5:50 PM

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I'm the original shoulder pain poster. I bought my shoes at a running store after being fitted. The problem is not my shoes.

Some days it's worse than others, but it's always there to some extent. I don't eat processed foods, which is most common for affecting pains, rarely eat dairy... All I know is it hurts...

Friday, March 03, 2006, 7:10 PM

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