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Pre-Race Warm-Up Drills and Stretches

Take a cue from the pros and don't go into your race cold. "Do this warm-up before the gun goes off to help freshen your legs," says Andrew Kastor, founder and coach of High Sierra Striders running club in Mammoth Lakes, California. It's a smart start to any run; also try it once or twice a week as you train.
Calf Stretch Calf Stretch

Sit on ground with legs together and extended in front of you, back tall. Loop yoga strap or towel around sole of left foot and hold one end of strap in each hand. (No strap? Do the stretch without one; simply flex left foot.) Keeping resistance in strap, flex left foot and gently pull toes toward you; release. Do 10 reps without pausing; switch sides and repeat.