As part of our Running Stronger Monday post series, the Greater Boston Running Company team wanted to highlight a couple points for all runners, whether you’re starting out or training for Boston this information about flexibility will improve your running.
Dynamic Stretching for your Pre-Run
These stretches are meant to engage and wake up your muscles and allows the blood flow to the areas of the body that need to do the work. For more information about the science behind dynamic stretching, please check out the Norcal website here.
High Knees – Activates the glutes, warms up the hip flexors
Leg Swings – Stretch the inner and outer thigh muscles, hips, hamstrings, calves, and quadriceps
Butt Kicks – Stretch the quadriceps, hip flexors, and glutes
Skips for Height – Activates the quadriceps, hip flexors, and glutes –
The important take away, as Runner’s World says, “a flexible body is more efficient, sees more gains in strength and endurance, enjoys more range of motion, is less injury-prone, recovers more quickly, and simply feels better. Regular stretching is a must.”