Stretching...It's just something you've got to do if you are a runner. Some people like it, some hate it, but it's the rules! It keeps you relaxed, flexible, increases your range of motion, and keeps you injury free. Just for fun, I asked these kids to join their moms on the floor at the RW Half-Marathon prerace stretch fest. Please enjoy the photos, practice the stretches, and try to make up some of your own.
Things to Remember:
1. Don't bounce.
2. Keep it comfortable. Never stretch until you have pain.
3. Count to at least 10...slowly. Better yet, count to 20.
4. If you need to practice your math skills, count down from 20 to 0. (Warning to teachers, if you try this in class, there will be no way to stop your children from yelling, "Blast off!" after counting down.)
5. Don't stretch a cold muscle. Make sure you've jogged around a little before you stretch.
6. Stretch a bit before you run. Stretch a lot after.
UPPER BODY STRETCHES
Roll your head slowly around in a circle. Stop at any point and hold the stretch if you like.
Lace your fingers together. Turn your arms 'inside out', then pull up and stretch. Stretch your arms, shoulders, and your upper back.
Lace your fingers together. Turn your arms inward and stretch behind your back. Stretch your arms, shoulder, and back.
Put one hand on your elbow and pull arm across your chest. Stretches your shoulder and back.
Lace your fingers. Turn arms inside out and stretch in front of you. Stretches arms, back, and shoulders.