Alphabet is a strange thing because I had to wait until now to mention one of the most important things when it comes to running! Stretching – I love it. I don’t understand how people are able to exist without it! I love the feeling after a run when you are sweating and panting and thinking that you may possibly cough up a lung, your legs are tense and painful…ok I actually don’t love any of that but then you start stretching your muscles….slowly and diligently; and although you still sweat and pant and hurt, everything just starts feeling so much nicer.
I do both types of stretches – dynamic stretches before a run as part of a warm-up (come on W!) and static stretches after a run to cool and calm down. And although there is no scientific proof that they boost your performance, I really like the feeling. 🙂