Post running stretch with Helen Clare

Best Post-Run Poses

What’s the best way to ensure you do your post-run stretching? Make it part of the routine! If you can learn just a minimum of 3 simple poses, and do them right off the back of your run, you’ll have ensured you’ve made a huge difference to your recovery, and therefore your performance. Anything else you can do as part of your recovery (like Yin), is then a double win!

I have a post-run stretch routine, which takes 10-15 minutes, which I offer in my Get on Track program, but to make things even simpler and easier to implement, I’ve chosen my top 3 post-run poses for today’s video:

Standing Forward Fold, plus alternative

I love to begin here – it’s amazing at releasing the spine. I’ll show you two versions though, depending on the current length of your hamstrings 😉

Low Lunge, plus variation

This feels so good! Re-lengthening out the hip flexors is as essential as stretching the hamstrings, and this pose is the best way to do it. Here I show two versions, depending on your personal hip flexor tension.

Downward Facing Dog variations

The number 1 pose – re-lengthens the spine, opens the shoulders, releases the hamstrings, stretches the Achilles, calves and feet.

I hope that was useful! Maybe you know someone else who’d benefit and would share it with them? Now, let me know in the comments below how good, or not, you are at making time post-run for yoga. If you’re ready to commit to yoga as an incredibly effective complement to your running, you need to check out Get on Track! Get on Track is your go-to digital yoga classes, teaching you how to do the right type of yoga, at the right time – in your own time! Find out all about it here.

See you next time,
Helen

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Helen Clare

Helen Clare, founder of Helen Clare Yoga and Run Better with Yoga, is a trail runner, senior yoga teacher and yoga for athletes coach, living in Cornwall, UK.

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