It’s that time of the month. No, not THAT time, thank God but time for another edition of the Wednesday Round-Up where me and five of my best running friends tell you how to become a better runner. This month we’re focusing on dynamic warm-ups. Many of you may be asking what exactly those are and why you should do them. If so, you came to right place!
Dynamic warm-ups are drills and exercises recommended for runners prior to starting a training run or race. The exercises are focused on getting the muscles you will be using ready for the work they are about to commence. They are highly recommended by elites and experts since, by pre-warming your specific running muscles up, you will decrease injury risk and encourage better form from mile one.
I’m afraid I may be disappointing a lot of you with this post. First of all, let’s just say I’m very happy I have four other experienced, more professional and mature runners sharing this space because I have a confession to make:
I don’t do dynamic warm-ups.
Not really ever.*
*when I write “not really ever” I mean not ever.
I know I definitely should do them and, I could list all my excuses for not doing them but, the real reason is that I don’t see any downside in the 15+ years I have been running and not doing them.
So, why should you continue reading? Because for all I know, I would have a 10 minute PR if I included them in my workouts! There is also the small point of my coach, the rocket scientist, including them in all my speed workouts. Yes, that’s right, she puts “dynamic warm-ups” into every speed workout I have ever been tasked with but, guess what? I have never done them.
In a classic case of do as I say and not as I do, I’m giving you the following four dynamic warm-ups that my colleagues have shared because, if I were to start my running career over again, I would include these every.single.time and twice on extra long run days.
ANGELA | HAPPY FIT MAMA
NELLIE | BROOKLYN ACTIVE MAMA
LAURA | THIS RUNNER’S RECIPES
CARLY | FINE FIT DAY
Do you do dynamic warm-ups? Why or why not?
What else do you know you should do but you just don’t?