Stretching is an important part of any runner's routine. Here are five essential stretches for Long Beach runners:
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent. Slowly reach down and touch your toes, keeping your back straight. Hold for 30 seconds.
Stand facing a wall with one foot in front of the other. Lean forward and place your hands on the wall, keeping your back leg straight and your front knee bent. Hold for 30 seconds, then switch legs.
Hip flexor stretch:
Kneel on one knee with your other foot in front of you. Slowly lean forward, keeping your back straight, until you feel a stretch in your hip. Hold for 30 seconds, then switch legs.
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend one knee and bring your foot up behind you, grabbing your ankle with your hand. Hold for 30 seconds, then switch legs.
IT band stretch:
Lie on your back with one leg straight and the other bent. Cross the bent leg over the straight leg and gently pull the knee towards your chest. Hold for 30 seconds, then switch legs.
Incorporating these stretches into your running routine can help prevent injury and improve flexibility.