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running and sore obliques

Recently, as I've been running more, I've noticed that my abdominal obliques are consistently sore, but only right near where they attach to the hip bones. Does anyone else have this problem? Stretches/ any other way to prevent it? I don't think I turn my body a lot when I run, so it's a little perplexing.

Fri. Mar 31, 3:47pm

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my obliques hurt when I do sprints - congrats you must've really mastered running and now are doing sprints which do work the obliques!

Friday, March 31, 2006, 3:55 PM

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sore obliques

My sore obliques have kept me running for a couple of years. The problem has even switched sides. Has anyone found a cause. This isn't a normal, healthy sore muscle feeling. This is quite painful.

Monday, August 13, 2007, 12:43 PM

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Yes, it means you are not using proper form when running. Do some research on proper form, foot alignment, and posture. Your problem lies in the fact that the obliques are trying to compensate for what your larger muscles are not doing. Once I got pain in my shoulders because I was too busy listening to my ipod and not paying attention to proper running form. Good luck.

Monday, August 13, 2007, 1:11 PM

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As an addendum to what 1:11 wrote...things like your obliques and inner thigh muscles (a.k.a. "core") kick in when you're exhausted. I'd guess the new aches are temporary since you mention that you have started running more.

Yoga offers a lot of torso-twisting techniques that can help, and flopping backwards over one of those big stability balls and letting the ball shift a little and stretch you helps with all of your abdominal muscles.

Monday, August 13, 2007, 5:09 PM

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Another addition to 1.11, as they're probably correct to the reason.

You have to run with your shoulders back, and your ears/hips/shoulders aligned. I know it sounds like what so many people say, but it's just like standing with proper posture.

Also, when you run, think heel/toe, unless you're sprinting which is on your toes and slightly leaned foward. However, don't allow the fact that you're sprinting to minimize your knee bending (when you run with straight legs, thats when it looks like 'ski sprinting'...BAD)

Good luck!

Monday, August 13, 2007, 8:09 PM

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8:09, if you were a man, I'd be in love- it's SO nice to hear another person say how important hip/shoulder/ears alignment is!!! :)

Also keep in mind that your feet should always be straight, not turned slighly outward. Watch your feet and ensure that they are always landing parallel to each other.

And are you really sure it IS your obliques? I had no idea until mine tightened waaaaaaaay too much, that your hip flexors are rather long. I thought something was wrong with my back, but it was my hip flexors. If your pain is where they're attaching to your hip, maybe it's actually your flexors.

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