edited March 2013 in Running Injuries
It is not completely an injury but instead this reoccuring pain. Everytime I go running no matter how fast or for how long, the first muscle grouping to fatigue and to start hurting. Is this normal since the quads are a large muscle? If not what should I do to help stop my quads from slowing the rest of my body down?


  • I would suggest doing a couple sets of squats and lunges a day and see where it gets you.

    Are you having tightness?
  • Alrighty thanks, I will start those right away. And no I do not have any tightness in my legs.


  • OK...so what you're thinking is that this is less an injury and more of a muscle weakness problem?  I was honestly having trouble piecing that together from the way you explained it.
  • If you have access to a black roller roll your quads out.  If that hurts then you've got some trigger point therapy you need to work on in your quads.  I really like the idea of squats and lunges those are helping me a lot in particular one legged squats.

  • Skl, is it possible that you're overloading your quads by being quad-dominant? Are your quads compensating for not using your hips, glutes and back of the legs enough?

    You should be "pulling" with your butt, a muscle that's even thicker, larger and more powerful than your quad. Or are you "pushing" yourself over the ground with the front of your legs? The back of your legs should be doing the majority of the work.

  • That's a really good point my running has gotten better since I've also added in glute activation exercises. Turns out many runners have non-firing flutes. They call it glute amnesia.
  • edited April 2013
    Same here, Steve. My running and just everyday walking around have improved in a huge way with more glute activation. It helped me to resolved problems that go back years.
  • What exercises have you used for glute activation?
  • The title of the article is terrible, but the exercises at the end of it have been helpful.


    Another article here (also from Running Times magazine)


    Good video here by Coach Jay Johnson


    The other thing that I try to be aware of is to have my hips tucked under me instead of tiling my pelvis forward with butt sticking out the back. Jay Dicharry's excellent books has a good section about this problem and he touches on it here in this article:.


  • Something that may also help is some postural work. Try the cue to "run tall," imagine that there is a rope attached to the top of your head pulling up. 
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