Spencer Smith's pre-run drills
The essential run warm-up routine from the multiple ITU world champ
With the mind and body hopefully having a well-deserved break from the rigours of the race season, the spotlight should now fall on form. It doesn't matter whether you're a weekend warrior or a pro, the need to become as efficient as possible is paramount.
Here are my essential form-building pre-run drills and stretches...
• Walking quad Stretch
- Pull your leg straight back (towards your butt) with your knee facing the ground, hold ankle with hand briefly, then release. Go 10m alternating legs, then return.
• Walking deep lunge stretch into a hamstring stretch
Take a big step. Reach to the inside of your ankle. Come up slowly into and extend into hamstring stretch. Repeat with the other leg. Go 10m and return.
• Walking lunge twist
Take a big step and rotate over the bent knee. Engage core muscles and hip flexors. Repeat every step alternating legs. Go 10m rotating legs then return.
• Lateral side lunge
Stretches the groin and abductor muscle. Take a big lateral step. Lean over bent leg keeping the back leg straight. Alternate to stretch both sides. Go 10m and return.
• Walking Frankenstein
Stretches your hamstring muscles by kicking up to the centre of the body. Use your alternate hand stretched out in front as a target guide. Alternate each step. Go 10m and return.
• Walking windmill stretch
This provides a deep stretch of hamstring into the glutes. Take a step and touch the ground in the centre of your foot while swinging the back leg behind you. Keep your body balanced by staying over that ground foot. Go 10m and return.
• Butt kicks drill
Fast moving drill for feet. Keep weight slightly over toes, having arms pumping at 90-degree angle. Get as many steps as you can in 10m and then return.
• High knee drill
Keep weight slightly over toes whilst bringing heel up and under the body which will bring your knee up to the correct position. Go 10m and then return.
• Hip circles drill
Simply bring your knee up towards your body and rotate it in a circular motion. Go 10 times one way, then 10 times the other. Repeat on both legs.
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