One of my new favorite warm up stretches is the leg swing. I always see the cross country team doing this stretch before a workout so I’ve recently started incorporating them into my pre-run ritual. Along with the other hops, skips, and jumps I do, the leg swing helps to get the blood flowing in my legs.
Here is a great video from New York Road Runners on how to do the forward and side leg swing.
Some tips to remember when doing the leg swing are:
1) Start with feet directly under the hips
2) Stand upright, keeping the back straight.
3) Swing each leg fluidly, without bouncy or jerky movements
4) Maintain balance and stability
5) Keep both legs fairly straight, but don’t lock the knees
Within the past month and a half, I have run more miles and run on a more consistent basis than ever before. Clearly, this is not just because of the leg swings. However, I do think they help a little. 🙂
Happy Trails and Happy Running,
Running Update: Today was a hill run. I had to run along a hilly route and every hill I came to, I was to run up it at a hard pace. The course I ran wasn’t the hilliest in Raleigh, NC but there were still a few climbs. I was actually very happy with the pace I was able to hit on the uphills. And when I ran my last mile at a 6:43 pace (which felt pretty comfortable), I was even happier. Stats are here. I’m definitely starting to see my improvements.