I’m taking some liberties with the Wednesday round-up post this week since, other than I’m just a rule breaker, I need to keep this space honest. You see, we had a choice between yoga stretches and regular old stretches for runners and I’ve done yoga exactly once in the last year. So sad. However, I stretch on almost a nightly basis and I can tell you that it works!

Luckily for all of you, I’m linking up with five other fabulous bloggers, quite a few of whom do a ton of yoga and have the bodies and calm minds to prove it.

Up first, my nightly stretches and all the toys I use to help. As I’ve gotten older, the more help I seem to need, even with something as basic as stretching. It’s not pretty but neither is being over 40. Read on, if you dare…

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My usual routine is to about 7-10 minutes of stretches immediately after my run. I pay attention to my quads, hamstrings, glutes, calves and back, going through a quick series of basic stretches. I have always stretched after a run and, for me, it works.

At night, once the boys are off to bed and my husband and I have some Walking Dead or Blacklist to watch, I sprawl out onto the floor with my foam roller and Tiger Tail toys and start my hip opening and muscle lengthening routine.

I begin with the most vulnerable and embarrassing – – frog pose — and end by rolling out all the tightness. If anything is giving me serious grief, I put some heat on it after I sit back down. This routine has seen me though a ton of marathons, triathlons and even twin pregnancy.

I don’t always feel like doing it but I definitely feel it if I don’t do it.

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And now let’s see what all the cool kids are doing for yoga poses and other running stretches…

CARLY | FINE FIT DAY

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NELLIE | BROOKLYN ACTIVE MAMA

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SARAH | RUN FAR GIRL

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LAURA | THIS RUNNER’S RECIPES

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ANGELA | HAPPY FIT MAMA

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You should now have more than enough stretches to last you through a running lifetime! And, you all now know that I don’t hardly ever do a dynamic warm-up but I always stretch and I really do think it makes a difference!

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Do you stretch?

What is your favorite/least favorite body part to stretch out?