Hi Everyone! I got the opportunity on Saturday to do the pre-race warm ups for the Cause and Event Race series. There are three runs. A kid’s fun run and a 5k run and 10k. So here is my question for the runners out there. Do you have a pre-race warm up routine? If not, you should. I am just as guilty as the next person, sometimes I get caught up in the excitement of the race that I forget to do my pre-race warm up ritual. I can totally tell a difference when I do it. There are so many benefits to warming up, but here are just a few that I find very beneficial. First, it will lead to a successful race. I have proof of this in some of my race times and how I feel. It can prepare your body both physically and mentally. For me, it just makes me feel better during my run because I don’t feel so stiff and tense. Your pre-race warm up doesn’t have to be long. It can be a short jog, a few strides, or you can do a warm up like I did for the run. One suggestion I have is not do static stretching before your race. Save this for after the race when you really need it
One more tip, show up to the race early so you have time to warm up! Sometimes I am running to the start line pinning on me bib number. NOT GOOD!
Complete the following exercises for 8-10 reps or 30 seconds each before moving on to the next. Your warm up should be approximately 3-5 minutes.
- Arm Circles
- Jog in Place
- High Knees
- Hi Skips In Place
- Butt Kickers
- Grapevine/Karaoke (if you have room)
- Gate Swing or Squat In and Out
- Side Lunges (be sure to do each side)
- Lunges: Pulse each leg
- Side Stretches
- Reach Down Toe Touches
- Frankenstein/Toy Soldier
- Leg Swings (both legs)
This may seem like a lot but it goes by pretty fast. Feel free to shorten it or take out a few exercises if you need to .