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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:05 am 
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ohh my, how I don't stretch near enough. I must become more disciplined with this part of my running. What stretches do you do on a regular basis?


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Me to since I don't know any of their names if they have one.
1. I lean against something, wall, tree, etc, and press my heel's down alternating on to the other to stretch the calves.

2. I bend over at the waist and bring my upper body as close to my legs as I can to stretch the ham stings.

3. With legs a little more than shoulder width, and bend one leg to stretch the opposite leg.

4. Sit on ground, bring one leg up at about 60 degree angle, and cross opposite leg across where your shin is horizontal, and then press your upper body toward your legs to stretch the ITB.

That's the majority of my regulars.

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Yea, I guess explaining a stretch is rather difficult!!! My knee wishes I did more stretches, that's for sure.


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I will try to explain now. I feel like a brat for not telling more earlier. LOL

I do the same stretches, in the same order and it takes about 6 minutes from start to finish. That's not much time to take to do something that makes you feel so good!

First 4 on the ground/floor.

1. Groin stretch. Sit down, bottoms of feet touching each other. Lean forward as far as you can and hold.

2. Toe touches with legs apart. I use this position to also stretch quads and ITB.

3. Toe touches with legs together. I pull my feet as far toward me as I can.

4. Lower back/hip stretch. The one where you sit down, one leg straight and the other one bent and crossed over. Turn around and look over your shoulder. This one is my favorite...I think I told Tom that on Saturday! :mrgreen:

5. Then I get up and do toe touches with feet crossed--the stretch that really isolates your hamstrings and I notice my lower back as well getting a stretch.

6. I do the standing splits as well.

7. Quad stretch--right hand holding left foot behind you, vice versa.

8. Calf stretches.

That's my everyday stretch routine--even if I don't run. If I DO run, I do it 2-3 times during the day. Typically, I hold each move and each side about 15 seconds.

Race days and intense workouts, I typically hold the stretches for a 30 count or longer, and do them 3-4 times during the day.

You asked... :mrgreen:

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Great routine Kriston. I need to get more regimented about my stretching. It feels great and takes very little time, and yet I still don't do them nearly often enough. That is just sad lazy. :roll:

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What's bad (I dunno if you can say it's BAD, but...) is that if I happen to skip it in the morning before work, I feel pretty crappy AT work. I feel like I can't move. And my job requires me TO move.

It's like my body is an addict and stretching is the drug. I don't feel right unless I'm high... :lol:

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I'm getting much better with my stretching routine.


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