Stretching is an important part of our marathon training plan and we have a specific routine for it. We do the same exercises before and after our runs. For instance, we typically stretch for 10 minutes prior to running and do a combination of lower and upper body stretches. Specifically we focus on our quadriceps, hamstrings and shoulders. We also have a foam roller that we use in between runs. It helps relieve pain and stiffness after long runs.
However, our favorite stretching position is a shoulder exercise. You take one arm and put it behind your back, and grab your elbow with your other hand. As we have gone through training, we’ve both struggled with a bit of back and shoulder pain on our longer runs, and this has helped alleviate some it!
We’ve even tried yoga on some of our off days! Stephanie, our branch manager, is an instructor and has taken us to Alki Beach to show us some moves which are helping to increase our strength and flexibility.
§ Gillian and Will are employees of Amica Mutual Insurance and have received free entries into the 2017 Seattle Marathon from Amica Insurance for contributing to this blog.