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Welcome to the Official Site of The Y in Central Maryland Turkey Trot Charity 5K! We are excited to have you join us for this Thanksgiving morning tradition.

Adults, children and families from across the region come together to not only run (or walk, jog, stroll), but to raise funds so that children living in poverty in Central Maryland have access to Y programs that will forever shape their lives.

Thank you for being part of something good on Thanksgiving Morning!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Stretches for Runners: Avoid Injury & Feel Great

Are you the type who jumps off the treadmill and heads right to the next part of your day, not taking time to stretch? If so, please, please, please, stop and stretch! Stretching warm (not cold) muscles prevents injury, combats soreness and can increase your flexibility. There are numerous, if not endless, studies and resources supporting the positive impact stretching makes. Before you hit the mat here are some things to keep in mind:
  • Stretch warm muscle – warm up a little before stretching so you do not strain your muscles
  • Stretch to the point of discomfort, not pain
  • Stretch slowly – at least 30 seconds in each position
Consider alternative ways to stretch – yoga or Tai Chi are great activities in which you move and stretch.
 
This diagram is a great example of all the basic stretches you should do after your run. Commit to completing these stretches after every run for the next two weeks and we are sure you will feel the difference.
 











Enjoy the benefits and leave a comment letting us know how these stretches work for you!

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