Monday, September 10, 2007

It's Hip to Flex

Each month, I seem to develop a new pain related to running that keeps me from doing as well as I hope. Sometimes it's a busted toe, shin splint, sore quad, or weak ankles. This time, it's a pair of sore hip-flexors.

Why is this bad? My subjective experience is that a sore hip-flexor (I call it the area where your leg connects to the rest of your body) forces a short stride. No good. Time to stretch.

Pictured here are variations of a lunging stretch that is said to loosen up in that area. However, be careful not to overdo the stretch, as I'm sure this can cause injury.

I will be doing this myself over this week in preparation for my next race (which you will hear about early next week).

P.S. Might I add the rule about stretching: after cool-down only, not as a warm-up.



Links:

http://www.exrx.net/Stretches/HipFlexors/KneelingHipFlexor.html
http://www.pccoach.com/newsletters/May05/stretching.htm

1 comment:

  1. Argh. I have the same issue. But it's spread to the top of my hips now. Keep stretching!!!

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