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During training you should remember to stretch regularly, especially after your long run. Stretching after a run, when your muscles are warmed up will help improve your flexibility.
Stretching while lying down will also help your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal after a tough run.
Laydown glute stretch on back
Laying on your back, bring one foot onto the floor with a bent knee. Bring the other foot to the other knee, then grab through the gap, and pull the knee towards you until you feel a stretch in your hip and glute.
Seated lower back/hamstring stretch
Sit on the floor on your sitting bones, moving your cheeks out of the way. Fold forward until you feel a stretch in your lower back and hamstrings. Experiment with straight and bent legs – bent knees will bring the stretch more to the lower back, straight legs more in the hamstrings.
Half kneeling quad stretch
With one knee down, take a step forward with the flat of one foot. Squeeze the glute of the leg with the knee down then reach up with the same arm, angling backwards.
Into calf stretch
Stay with one knee down, then lean forward so the front knee tracks over the toes. Apply some pressure to the front knee until you feel a stretch in your lower calf.
From the above position, bring the front shin onto the floor, with the back leg stretched out behind you. If it feels comfortable, settle down onto the elbows