This morning I got up to go for a run. I was going to try and get out the door in time to do a whole hour, but I thought taking pictures of myself would be more fun. There was a point though, my point was to share with you how I get myself ready for a run in the morning.
After I have my breakfast, this morning it was toast and pb, I watch the news to hear about all the crazies running around town, really makes me feel good about heading out the door to go run alone, good thing I am getting faster!
After all that, I foam roll and do some dynamic stretching. A lot of people foam roll after a workout, but I like to do it before and AFTER, after rarely happens because I am usually in a hurry to get to work, but I try to do some rollin’ in the evening. I have found that my hips hurt a lot less if I roll before my run. I am also having a lot less problems with my piraformis.
When the weather is warmer I can usually do a slow half mile jog to get everything warmed up before stretching. Now that it’s cold I like to get as sweaty as possible before heading out in to the cold. It was 27 degrees this morning…27! To do this I start with some jumping jacks, or high knees, or run up and down the stairs a couple of times, just to get everything warmed up.
I follow this with some dynamic stretches, here are my favorites, also see this video for further instruction.
***please excuse the crappy quality, I have a real camera and a tripod hidden away somewhere, but choose to use my phone.***
After that I do a few of these, plus some…
I also do some static stretching for my calves, quads, and ankles, just to make sure everything is ready to go. After ALL THAT, I head out the door and run like the wind!
This morning was a good run, I am trying to get my 5k time to under 30 minutes. In the last two runs I have gotten to 3 miles in 29:50, that pesky .1! I am running an actual 5k race, on December 16, maybe some race day adrenaline will get me that PR!
Post run scenes:
I feel like I could use some more yoga in my life, my muscles are screaming for some good stretching! I am doing Grow Soul Beautiful’s Yoga a Day Instagram challenge. There is a different pose for each day that you Instagram yourself doing. This is day 6, I started on day 5, but am so out of practice I didn’t take a photo of my chaturanga dandasana, it was embarrassing.
Other related articles that I found helpful about foam rolling and stretching:
On a Roll – Runner’s World has videos on how to each exercise correctly
Do you foam roll? Before, after, or both?