Got back from my 23km sunday morning run feeling a bit tired. It's rather warm and sunny here at the moment, and that is not ideal for pale folk like me. Anyway, I wasn't feeling especially hungry so I just had a glass of milk and then some fromage blanc with raspberry jam mixed in. I then spent some time sitting in front of the computer playing a game. My legs and arms and back were starting to ache so I decided to lie down for a little while. It was then that I discovered something, which was a rather pleasant surprise! Lying on my back, I just happened to raise my arms behind my head, then bend my knees so that my heels were touching my bum. The aches started to disappear! I realized this was similar to the stretches that I do always after a run. So I tried a few of the other stretches that I knew, and all of them made me feel better! I'm now sitting in front of the computer again, and all of the aches have gone away
Now this is something I've never noticed before. I never stretch before I run, just a 5 min warm up walk, ever since beginning C25K. But after a run I always do the stretches I learnt from Laura in the Strength and Flex podcasts. I know that stretching after a run has made me much more flexible, I notice that every time I do it, but they don't make me feel any different. I had no idea that doing stretches a bit later, when the aches start to set in would make the aches go away. This is delightful news Has anyone else noticed this. Or maybe everyone else already knows about it, and as usual I'm the last one to catch on !
Happy running, running chums