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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.
Start with feet together, arms bent by sides. Hop straight up, lifting left knee toward chest, then extend left leg in front of you to stride forward and land with left foot directly under hips. Alternate legs for 30 seconds. (Be like Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall and do it to the rhythm of "New York, New York.")
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