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Coleen R asked the question in Let's Run

Is it normal for one's abs to be sore after running?

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It's common, but you can prevent sore abdominal muscles from running by performing core strengthening exercises, like planks, side planks, hip bridges, etc..You core is being stabilized even more so while you run. Breathing patterns, terrain, and the intensity and duration of your run can also affect the degree of abdominal soreness you feel.

Matthew L answered Comment

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It can, particularly if youi have been running on soft/heavy ground

Sports-iqbronze Patrick D answered Comment

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Mine aren't sore after but I'm aware of them as I run, particularly over rough ground and when I'm tired. I suppose this is because they're working harder to keep me upright.

Sports-iqgold Sian S answered Comment

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I used to feel my obliques after a run and, often, the next day. It's just your core working to hold you up and, the stronger your core muscles, the less you will feel it.   

Sports-iqgold Karen L answered Comment

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I was running last night and had the same experience, not so much sore today, but towards the end of my run I could really feel the strain.

Sports-iqbronze Graham M answered Comment

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Running puts a lot of strain on your core, so yes it can hurt after. If it does it would suggest you need to do core strengthening exercises

Sports-iqbronze Marc D answered Comment

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i usually feel it in the lower abdominals....seems like it's not as bad as when i started running again but when i do events i tendency to run faster (the competitor in me) it seems more so....and like karen i usually feel it the following day

Sports-iqgold Joanna G answered Comment

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If I run on the treadmill and i do sprints, my abs KILL!

Sports-iqgold Maca P answered Comment

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Abs should be sore if you're doing either high mileage runs or if you're doing a lot of sprint work. If you were to watch the action of a world class sprinter you'd notice that their core is doing a ton of work to stabilize the rotational force created by their legs lifting and pushing in opposite directions. If you're running slow, you may be feeling sore abs because your rotating your hips in order to get the leg to recover through the cycle, rather than lifting the knee to allow the foot to clear the full circular rotation. This is common in runners who don't have the quad strength or core strength to do the mileage they are trying to do. 

Short answer - yes...sore abs = normal!

Sports-iqsilver J S answered Comment

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Yes this is one reason I'm working on the core challenge.  The stronger the core is the easier it is to keep running.  I also found that I needed to strengthen my arm esp if I was running hills and stuff.  Another reason to love running it truly is a full body work out : )

Sports-iqgold Irene M answered Comment

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Thanks you guys! You all are awesome. :) So, sore abs = normal after a run, and I need to work more on strengthening my core.

Sports-iqbronze Coleen R answered Comment

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