I don’t know why but I never used to be a fan of stretching. It’s a strange non-habit I have. I just start running and when I finish I just finish. There is no warming up period or cooling down and there certainly aren’t any stretches. But the more I run the less flexible I become. Stretching is now an integral part of my routine.
I love the above stretch – the first time I was ever introduced to it was when I saw the promotion for the movie Serenity and Summer Glau was showing me up with her flexibility. I can really feel it in my hamstring and calf.
I run with knee supports (torn tendons in university all round) so when I take them off and can properly stretch I love it. I remember doing this stretch in school and never being able to keep my balance. Thankfully, my balance is so much better now.
After a run standing on my tiptoes is one of the hardest things ever. My calves are aching. This one is a new stretch I do and I don’t think I have mastered it properly yet. If I hold it too long it feels lactic acid is building up. Hmmm…I definitely need to finesse this one.
Of course I do more than these three stretches but my Mum who decided to take the photographs felt cold and headed back inside. I decided to make use of the winter sun. I understand now how important stretching is and how good it is for your body. It’s just that sometimes it takes far too long.