Q WHAT ARE SOME STRETCHES I CAN DO OUTSIDE TO LOOSEN UP AFTER A RUN?
A These three standing stretches loosen up common post-run tight spots. Hold each one for 20 seconds before repeating on the other side.
Standing Hamstring/Calf Stretch: With your right foot one step forward, heel on the ground and toe pointed up, place both hands on your left thigh, bend your left knee, and drop your backside back while keeping your spine and right leg straight.
Standing Quad Stretch: Stand on your left leg and pull your right foot behind you toward your butt with your right arm.
Figure-4 Stretch: Position your right ankle over and across your left thigh. Then bend your left leg and lower into a partial squat until you feel a stretch in your right glute and hip area.
– AIMEE NICOTERA, marathoner, fitness coach and personal trainer