Today’s guest post comes from the super speedy and fantastic Britt, who blogs over at Fit Chick Britt… Since I link to her often, you should all be very familiar with her… and if you’re not, then hop to it!
Hello Happy Healthy Runner Readers! I’m Brittaney and I blog over at Fit Chick Britt. Although I am insanely jealous Rachael is off having a blast in Las Vegas I am more than happy to be writing a guest post for her. I love reading Rachael’s blog and I’m sure you’re all here for that same reason.
When Rachael asked me to write a guest post I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to write about, but then I remembered her telling me on our long run together and mentioning in her blog that she is the world’s worst at making sure to stretch.
I may not be the world’s best stretcher, but I did learn from training for my last marathon that stretching is a really important part of training and it can help keep us injury free and feeling good when we hit the pavement for those grueling training runs.
These, of course, are not the only stretches important for a happy and healthy runner, but here are my top 5 favorite poses/stretches specific for running:
1. Pigeon Pose:
Targets hips and the it band (very very important for runners to stretch).
2. Crescent Pose:
Stretches the hip flexors and the calves.
3. Piriformis Stretch:
The Piriformis muscles is a muscle of the glute that performs hip rotation. I know that as a runner I often have pain in my lower back and glute due to the piriformis and this stretch is perfect for working out the pain. The stretch is a great glute stretch over all.
4. Hamstring Stretch:
Many runners complain of knee pain from running. Knee pain is often associated with a tight hamstring. Stretch stretch stretch those hamstrings!
5. Runners Lunge:
They don’t call it a runners lunge for nothing. A runners lunge will stretch out the hip and the hip flexors. Drop your elbows to the ground and drop your knee to the side to really open up your hips. This one is my favorite!
I know, for me, that performing these stretches after running helps to prevent injury and soreness, and has increased my performance. I hope you will think about doing some of these stretches next time you’ve finished up a run or you have some extra time in front of the tube watching The Bachlorette. Wait, is that just me?
So, tell me, are you good at making sure to add stretching as a part of your run routine? What’s your favorite/ most important stretch?