I’ve been contemplating whether or not I wanted to get back into running after an injury last year.
I’m quite certain my injury was the result of an inflated ego and laziness. In the past, I never warmed up before my runs or stretched when I was done. I’m not sure why I thought, at the age of 58, I didn’t need to warm-up or stretch. Furthermore, as a fitness professional, I was setting a poor example for my clients.
I decided to try walking while I was healing and I really enjoyed a slower pace but still missed the feeling I get from a great run. Over the last couple of weeks, I decided to test my body to see how it would react to running again. At least I’ve learned over the years to listen to my body.
Today I decided to go for a 5k and work on improving speed and mileage. My run felt absolutely amazing. My goal is to get back to my pre-injury run schedule within the next two months. Therefore, I plan to commit to warming up and stretching with every single run. Which leads me to the point of this post below. These stretch/yoga poses are perfect for a post-run stretch hitting the hip flexors, hamstrings, glutes, quads, calves and lower back.
PERFECT POSE RUN STRETCH ~ I minute for each pose
- 1.Child’s Pose
- 2. Down Face Dog
- 3. Low Lunge
- 4. Half Split
- 5. Seated Twist
- 6. Pidgeon Pose
- REPEAT 3, 4, 5, and 6 OPPOSITE LEAD
- 7. Hero Pose
- 8. Child’s Pose