Runners are blessed with tight muscles. Amiright?! Glutes, hammies and hip flexors are the muscles we runners recruit that tend to shorten and present problems if not properly rolled and stretched post run. If you’re anything like us, you don’t have a roller with you at all times but post run you can find a bench, ledge or even the back of your car to stretch your screaming, worked muscles.
Here’s the deets: Prop one foot up and square your hips toward your foot. Flex the toes towards your face and gently bend the knee if the hamstring feels overwhelmingly tight. Hold for 5 deep inhale/exhale breath cycles.
Next slowly start to drop the toes inward and come to a side lunge. This stretch will hit the inner thigh but also gets deep into the groin. A little goes a long way here. Hold for another 5 breath cycles.
Last pivot towards the standing leg and bend the back leg as you draw the chest up. This stretch gets the quadricep to lengthen but primarily opens up the hip flexor. And yep, you got it, hold for 5 breath cycles.
Make sure to hit the other leg as well and know that slower here is better. Happy running!