Stretching, Flexibility are Important for Your Bellin Run Training

May 19, 2010

If you’re an avid runner or walker, chances are you occasionally have some tight muscles.

Many runners don’t devote enough time to stretching because they’d much rather log an extra mile than put themselves through the pain of stretching. However, a tight muscle is a weak muscle so if you’re aiming for an all-around positive Bellin Run performance, you might want to consider including stretches in your training regimen.

The Bellin Run is Saturday, June 12. The race – which drew a record-breaking 16,746 registrants last year – will start at 8 a.m.

Strengthening those weaker muscles and stretching your overworked muscles can lead you to a body better equipped to handle the upcoming Bellin Run 10K, as well as other road race events during the course of the year. Such strengthening will lead to better performances. That being said, let’s check out three techniques that are sure to enhance your Bellin Run race-day experience.

Dynamic stretches: The goal of the dynamic stretch is to put your body through the different ranges of motion that mimic the activity you are preparing for. Trainers and coaches have used dynamic stretching to help athletes increase their flexibility and lessen the likelihood of injury. Slow, controlled arm swings or torso twists are examples of dynamic stretches.

Static Stretches: These stretches are meant for post-workout or if your muscles are extremely tight in a specific area before you participate in a sporting or physically active event. These are your classic “touch your toes and hold it” stretches. Hold your stretches for at least 30 seconds and do multiple sets depending on how tight you are.

Foam Roller: Although most people use this tool when trying to recover from injury, we’re advising you to use it all the time. It’s basically a self-massager and works wonders for getting the knots out by stretching your muscles and tendons.

In general, work diligently on your flexibility. You’ll recover faster and become a more efficient runner. A combination of all three of the aforementioned stretching techniques is best, but be sure to work on your flexibility. You’ll see your running and walking improve.

As always, if you need professional guidance, consult a fitness expert to help you get on the correct flexibility program.