We’ve all done it: forgotten to stretch after a run because we’re eager to refuel and get on with our day.
But we all know that stretching is an important part of the training process – and if you skip a stretch, you may well regret it in the long run when injury is more likely to creep in.
We caught up with Sam Murphy, a coach and author of countless books on running, to get the low down on the essential stretches for runners that we can all squeeze into a routine.
Here are Murphy’s top five stretches to try after a run. Each stretch will take you a couple of minutes and leave you feeling much fresher the next time you head out.
Try to hold each stretch for 20 to 30 seconds on each leg.