Well i found that if i dont stretch my muscles b4 running everything starts hurting like crazy and i have to stop. I really dont no the name of the strtches but i stretch my quads, hamstrings, calfs thighs, buttocks.
I'll try to expain some the best way i can.
*Stand w/ one leg in front, ome in back. Bend forward, strecting the front quad and the hamstring and calf of the back leg. Deeper u go the better the stretch. Hold for 30 sec and the switch.
*Standing straight up grab your right leg with your left hand and pull it behind you to stretch the quad. Hold 30 sec and switch.
*Stand staight up w/legs a lil wider than hip width. Bend down and with hands in between your legs and touch the floor. With your hands still on the floor, lift up, staightening your legs to stretch the hamstrings. Bend back down to that squat position and repeat.
*Standing straight up put your right foot forward, pointing upwardon your heel. Bend the left leg with your hands relaxed on thighs for balance. This stretches the calf. Hold for 30 sec repeat.
This is just a couple that i do and i hope it helps. Like MBSHAZZER said, some ppl dont find that strecthing b4 helps and say that you should wait until you're finish to stretch. I have found that if i do it that way my legs cramp up really bad and i cant finish. Yet when i stretch prior to my run, i am able to complete.
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