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I have a confession to make. I am the worst when it comes to stretching. The.Worst.Ever.
But, I know it’s important to prevent injuries. I also feel great after a good stretch session! Why do I skip it?
Well, I have a bunch of excuses actually. I don’t have enough time. I’m hungry. I’ll do it tomorrow. I should get in the shower. The list goes on and on.
It can be argued that there are certain aspects of marathon training that almost as important running itself. These include rest days, proper fueling and, of course, stretching or yoga. So, I’ve come to accept the importance of it. I have finally realized that I don’t need to go to a 90 minute yoga class to get a good stretch. Every step in the right direction helps so I’ve been incorporating this little habit into my post-run routine.
When I get back from longer run, I grab some water and a piece of fruit. Then I’ll set the timer on my phone for anywhere from five to ten minutes, depending on the day and my schedule. I use that time to stretch anything that’s particularly tight. One of my problem areas is a tight IT band, so that gets some attention via Pigeon Post.
Try this easy tip next time you feel compelled to skip your stretches.