In our first post FootBalance's Tips for Spring Running we reviewed a number of tips for getting that spring in your step as you start spring running.
We noted it is not about speed so gradually increase distance and pace, set S.M.A.R.T objectives, check your running shoes for signs of wear and make sure you have a FootBalance foot analysis to understand the impact of your running style on your feet.
Here are some more tips to help you get into the groove.
There is a strong debate over whether runners should stretch and when is the optimal time to stretch.
Whether they think stretching is beneficial or not, most experts will agree that it's never good to stretch cold muscles. Stretching cold, tight muscles or improper stretching can lead to muscle strains, tears, or other injuries.
Before you stretch (and then start running), it's important to warm your body up first, as cold muscles are more prone to being pulled or torn. Start by doing any low-impact, rhythmic exercise for about five minutes. This can include walking, marching, knee lifts, butt kicks, jumping jacks, or anything else that's easy on your body but gets the blood flowing. Then you can go through your stretching routine or run, then stretch after your run. Review About.com for more detail on the stretching debate.
The Actives Times.com covered 10 experts tips for spring running and one of those tips that caught the eye was from Bill Fabrocini physical therapist
“The next time you gear up for a workout, instead of holding each stretch statically for 30-90 seconds, stretch dynamically by physically moving in and out of a stretch for several repetitions.