As you read this I will be traveling to Maryland to compete in the Columbia Olympic distance triathlon! After conquering that monster, I will be in so much need of Dave’s post-run stretch video since, after the race (and a celebratory cheeseburger and beer) I will be getting in my car and driving 6+ hours back to Connecticut. Hopefully I will be able to walk from the car to my bed when I get home! #faceplant
Obviously stretching, and stretching correctly for the muscles you are working, is a key component to any running program. Trust me, the older you get, the more thankful you are that you have stretched though out your running career.
If you don’t know Dave, he has graced this site once before when I was a guest on his podcast. Naturally I wanted to return the favor and invite him to my space to share something that every runner, triathlete and active human can use – – proper stretching techniques!
Watch and learn people, watch and learn…
5 Perfect Post-Run Stretches, All Done in 10 Minutes or Less
What’s the fastest way to derail your training?
I can speak from experience since I’ve been through my fair share of nick-nack injuries as well as some more serious ones. And, I know I’m not alone. Research results on running injuries vary, but up to 80% of runners will suffer an injury this year.
Think about that for a second.
There’s an 80% chance that your training will be disrupted by injury sometime in the next 12 months!
That’s a depressing thought.
Now, you know what to do to reduce your chance of injury: Warm up before each workout, build your running distance over time, and of course stretch post-workout. You know what to do, but sometimes it seems like a lot of effort to put this into practice.
That’s why I’ve put together the above post-run stretching routine that I now use personally and with many of my clients. It’s quick (under 10 minutes once you know the routine) and it targets all your major running muscles with just 5 moves.
Give it a try!
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Dave has been a personal trainer since 2001 and was chosen as Canada’s Top Fitness Professional in 2013. He specializes in helping clients lose weight and exercise more effectively. Learn more at makeyourbodywork.com
I’m pretty positive there will be no Rundown report on Monday but I promise to get it done ASAP! Be sure to check out my Instagram and Twitter feeds for race updates and I will be back soon. Have a great weekend everyone!
Do you stretch before or after your run or workouts? Why or why not?
That’s where I have been lacking. I never really do a post workout stretch. Back when I was training for my very first half marathon I had some kind of quad injury. Even with my weekly stretch routine and stretching post runs, I can’t seem to wonder now if I did a stretch after my runs it may have prevented it. Have a great race Sunday. I know you will do AWESOME!
I would not even expect a run down on Monday. Safe travels today! I do a dynamic warm up prior to my run and then stretch afterwards. Usually I’m more of a stretcher throughout the day. It just feels good to do!
This was a great post and the importance of stretching is often underrated.I know I’m guilty of not always stretching too.
Thank you for this awesome information! I actually DO stretch after my runs because honestly it just feels good to be still and reflective. I’ve never had a proper routine though so thank you for this video!! All the best this weekend Allie!!!
Good luck Allie! I usually stretch after my workouts, although sometimes when I’m warming up for dance cardio, I stretch at the beginning!
Lizard Pose is another favorite for opening my hips. I started taking yoga 1-2x a week and have noticed a difference. Great post!
This is why I do yoga! I don’t know what I’d be doing without it!
Good luck this weekend!
I usually only stretch when I feel tight or a little niggle coming on. I should be more disciplined though, and stretch proactive about it. GOOD LUCK THIS WEEKEND!
I could use a better stretching routine. I admit I am no good at keeping up with it although I need it a lot! I can’t wait to hear all about your tri!!!
I tend to do the same 4-5 stretches every single time and, now that I’m biking and swimming, I think I need some new ones 🙂