This blog is the first in a series where our National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, will be bringing tips for injury prevention and strength training to help improve our running performance. Today Carrie shares with us one of her favorite stretches. For more expert advice from Carrie, check out our first annual fall running retreat this October!
"I love the towel/shirt/rope stretch not only for my hamstrings and calves but because my knees always feel better after I have stretched the backs of my legs. Your knees take a lot of pounding and if your stride shortens because of the backs of your legs being tight, your quads then go into overdrive and can cause the kneecap to pull just slightly. The towel stretch is a simple assisted way to help you stretch on your own and get a little more range of motion while you are at it." Follow this video and repeat the stretch 3-6 times on each leg, holding for 5-6 seconds each time. There are a lot of ways to stretch with assistance, so stayed tuned for other way to use the towel/shirt/rope!