Runners have notoriously tight hamstrings, for a good reason! With that repetitive contraction of the hamstrings over the miles, it’s to be expected that runners have tighter than average hamstrings.
And, in part, this is good
Continuing on the theme from last week on improving posture in order to improve running form, let’s talk about the shoulders…
Clearly, how our shoulders sit play a huge role in our overall posture: If we only focus on strengthening our torso but neglect to think about opening the chest and drawing the shoulders back, then we risk compromising our new found core strength because we are still hunching the upper body.
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!