5 Easy Tips for STRETCHING after a Run



Do you skip stretching after a run? When was the last time you had a good stretch session? If you’re guilty of running a lot and stretching a little – I have 5 tips to help you get started with stretching today! These are easy do-able stretch hacks to get you going.

Remember – Stretching is important! If you want to run faster, stronger, longer, happier – you have to keep your machine in good working order. Make it a priority no matter what level you’re at.

What’s your favorite stretch?

Week 2 PILE on the MILES & today we’re talking about S T R E T C H I N G.

It’s important to check in with your body and stretching is one of the best ways to stop and take few minutes to assess how everything’s feeling.

Here are 5 fast and easy tips to get you started stretching today!

Stretching Tips for Runners:

1. Set a timer.

Even if it’s just 5 to 10 minutes, a little is better than nothing. I know most runners want to RUN. So we often pack in as much mileage as we can and skip stretching.

I set a cube timer for 10 minutes after my run. Sometimes the timer will go off and I’ll keep stretching because it feels good or there’s a certain area asking for a lil more.

2. Check in with yourself as you stretch.

Pay attention to any areas that are extra tight or sensitive. Spend a little extra time on muscle groups that are tight or prone to nagging ya.

Bonus Points: Log any tight or nagging areas in your Running Log. Use this free Running Log print-out if you don’t have one or use your notes app. Include the date so you can track if it gets better or worse and may need further attention. 

3. Start with the basics.

Yes, yoga is great! A fancy post-run stretch routine is awesome!! But know thyself.

If you aren’t going to pull out your phone to follow a routine and don’t know yoga… Do the stretches you know.
Bust out those PE or gym class moves. And then, go from there.

4. If it hurts – stop.

Stretching can be challenging, but it shouldn’t be painful. Know the difference between your body being pushed outside if its comfort zone vs. being pushed to injury.

5. Breathe. Ahhhhhhhhhh….

If you’re stretching after a run your HR and breathing might be racing too. Let your body reset and realize you’re not running from a predator. Breathe as you stretch to relax into the moves as well as give yourself a signal that everything is okay.

What’s your favorite stretch?
Did you stretch today??

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