This morning I tried to stretch. It wasn't pretty.
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Over the weekend, we happened to have (finally) opened the boxes that contained things like my foam roller and yoga mat. So I got out the latter, unrolled it on the living room hardwoods (it was still kind of trying to curl up, which gives you an idea of how long it's been since I used it) and proceeded to try a sun salutation. I couldn't even touch my toes. Now I've never been super bendy. But through three marathons and lots of shorter races (26 years of running!), I've always been able to touch my toes. Not anymore.
So I took it slow and easy on that sun salutation, really trying to feel where the tight places are (answer: low back and left hip and hamstring, though the right hammy's pretty tight too). After I did five more sun salutes, I could touch my toes again (and even the ground, if you call grazing fingertips on the ground "touching"). Because the hip was so stiff, too, I did some special stretches for that (see this Runners' World link for these).
Now, 11 hours later, my back and legs feel good (the left hip is still twinging). And I know I need to stretch more regularly. As in, after every run. This will mean making time for it, something I'm not great at. But I need to make it across that finish line in September, with a confidence-boosting time--and preferably no sore back.
Are you good about stretching? What are your favorites?