Before you embark on your 5K route, it's always important to prepare yourself physically and mentally. Here are some helpful tips from our friends at Hohman Rehab Physical Therapy:
1. Dynamic stretching - Always warm-up before a training run or a race by using proper stretching techniques. It’s not recommended to do static stretching before a race or run because the it’s calming to the nervous system, which is counterproductive right before a run. This can include:
Leg swings – great for your hips
Pogos and skipping – a great way to prime your hips and ankles
Standing open books – a movement to loosen up your mid-back
and help with overall rotation during your run
2. Good water intake – Hydration is super important before and during your run or walk, especially in the Florida heat!
3. Nutrition to support your run – Allow your body to have the proper carbohydrate stored in order to perform during the run.
Author: Maryann Daniels, Physical Therapist at Hohman Rehab and Sports Therapy, with a specialty in running and performance