Big high 5 to everyone who’s been training and racing this marathon month (we’ve been fangirling you from afar)! For realz, though: Whether you just ran Boston, or the starting line is still on the horizon this spring, the output of training and racing is both exhilarating and exhausting — physically, mentally, and emotionally. The solution? Create more space for release.
We know you’re forward-oriented (and Fast!), runner chicks. But, don’t forget your back! As we explained last month, running can easily tighten your chest, causing your shoulders to flop forward and your arms to cross your body when you run — not ideal. Those stiff pecs also overstretch aka strain your upper back by forcing your shoulder blades and surrounding muscles outside their optimal alignment to accommodate floppy posture. Optimal upper body posture and running form are dependent on both the strength of your back body, and the space/flexibility of your front body.