When I first became a personal trainer one of the key parts of motivating my clients was getting them to exercise at all! When it comes to runners, there’s a different problem. Can you guess what it is? Most of you will admit to this, and I know this because you tell me when we speak on the phone about online training.
That thing is doing anything fitness related that isn’t running… This could be strength work, core strengthening, stretching, foam rolling, mobility work, sports massage, or cross training. (Oh, and warming up or cooling down).
One practise I instituted a few years ago was to have a long stretching and mobility session on a Saturday night (I know how to have all the fun, right?). At the time, It just wasn’t realistic for me to spend much time on this each day. Ideally, you would spend 10 – 15 minutes daily working on your mobility through stretching and foam rolling, but for those who can’t or won’t do that, enjoy the Saturday night stretch and roll.
Well, I would do it on a Saturday night as an extra activity to promote recovery as I would do 2 hard runs at the weekend, usually a tempo run on Saturday and a long run on Sunday. I would also do it on a Sunday night after the long run, when it would coincide with one of the David Attenborough shows.
Stretching has many benefits for runners, including better flexibility, whichh may improve your performance in physical activities or decrease your risk of injuries by helping your joints move through their full range of motion and enabling your muscles to work most effectively. Stretching also increases blood flow to the muscle.
The video will take you through the Saturday night stretch and roll, and I recommend that you follow along with the video the first few times you do this. Hopefully after that, you’ll remember what to do, and you can have it playing along silent whilst you do something else, like watching tv.
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Angela Isherwood is the founder of I Run Success
She is a REPs Level 3 Personal Trainer, a Run England Running coach, and a multiple marathon runner. She is a London Marathon Good for Age runner, a Boston Marathon Qualifier, a parkrun Run Director and Trainer for Goodgym Colchester.