Friend: So what happened to you?
Me: I pulled my groin muscle.
Friend: How'd you do that...? *snickering*
Me: I didn't stretch before running...
Friend: Oh lame! I thought it was...you know...
Me: Yeah, I know. Shut up. It wasn't that!
There's this whole theory that stretching before running makes one more prone to injury. I'm sure for some people that is true. It's the opposite for me. But don't do what I do just because I think it's the best thing ever. I don't have liability insurance.
My typical routine of stretches include these (don't mind the scrubs, I had class today):
|Straight leg stretch for the hammies. I swear I'm not asleep.|
|Side stretch. Stretches the adductors.|
|The "I swear I'm normal!" stretch. Stretches the adductors and hammies.|
|Butterfly stretch. Stretches the adductors and causes creepy smiles.|
|Twisty stretch. Stretches abductors and glutes.|
|The "I'm a freak for being able to stretch this much!" stretch. Stretches the glutes, hammies, and quads.|
|Best calf stretch for loosening up that gastrocnemius muscle.|
|Quad stretch for buff brahs only.|
It's still a trial and error thing for me with stretching. I can usually get away with only doing one hamstring stretch, one adductor stretch, and the calf stretch if I'm running out of time for my run. I ALWAYS stretch afterward because if I don't, I will be sore and tight the next day. Totally not worth it!
What are your favorite stretches to do? Do you stretch before or after working out?