Workout Wednesday – Stretches for Runners

Happy #WorkoutWednesday

This week for #WorkoutWednesday we’re going to keep things light.

The Pike’s Peak Ascent is Saturday and I am in rest / recovery mode. I had Boot Camp with Melissa on Monday, a short rainy run on Tuesday, and an hour on the elliptical this morning– now it’s time to s.t.r.e.t.c.h!

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Why Stretch?

It can be tempting to finish your workout and head straight for the fuel {yum!}. But there are some benefits of stretching that should not be ignored.
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased range of motion {more and more important as you age}
  • Enhanced muscular coordination
  • Decreased risk of injury
  • Increased blood flow to your muscles
  • Increased energy levels

Let’s Get Flexy!

I don’t know about you, but I’m typically not as good about stretching as I should be; however, I do have a few key stretches that I make sure to do after every run. I find these stretches to be most important for my runner hips, hamstrings and quads.

stretches for runners, Workout Wednesday, Stretch, Flexibility, Runner Life

Make sure to stretch the left and right side of your body equally. Hold each stretch for a minimum of 30 seconds, but don’t be afraid to stay in a stretch for as long as you need 🙂 Avoid any temptation to bounce while in the stretch.

Your turn! What are your go-to post workout stretches? If you had only a few minutes how would you stretch?

I am not a doctor or personal trainer {yet!}– just someone who loves fitness and wants to share my workouts with my lovely readers 🙂
This week I am linking up with The Fit Foodie Mama for #WildWorkoutWednesday, Jill for Fitness Friday, and Fitful Focus for Fit & Fashionable Friday. Stop by and check ’em out!

All photos were taken with GoPro Hero3+

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