GET READY, SET, GO! If Memorial Day weekend is when you wish to begin your streak, prepare to be successful by including routines that will help to prevent injury.
Instead of walking out the door and starting to run immediately, warm up by walking briskly 10 minutes and cool-down by walking 10 minutes.
Add dynamic stretches, MYRTL’s, and passive stretching to your daily regimen (see RESOURCES page).
Try some strengthening moves. Don’t know any? Check out the article, “13 Essential Core Exercises for Runners” written by Jason Fitzgerald for ACTIVE.com. Here’s a list you can print. See the slideshow article for the video demonstration and description.
Supine Leg Lift
Lateral Leg Raises
Some of the reviews criticize the form of the person demonstrating the exercises, but they will do. If you think they are not good enough, find another demo on YouTube or better, read a description of best form, and follow the directions.
The author is a “USA Track & Field certified coach and creator of Strength Running, a Greatist "Must Read Health & Fitness Blog" of 2013 that hosts over 150,000 monthly readers. His coaching advice has been featured in Runner's World, Competitor, Health Magazine, The Huffington Post, Active.com, Fitness Magazine, Fox News Magazine, Shape and Lifehacker.”
Have fun with this summer challenge. My experience is tht when it’s over you’ll fully appreciate your months’ long effort and look forward to next summer’s challenge streak!
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