Yesterday, I shared some simple stretches that you can do before a run. As presented, the stretches are more like dynamic warm ups rather than actual stretching, intended more to get you ready to run than to stretch a cold muscle.
But what about the advice on stretching before your warm up? This was also addressed last week, and I included that in this second video:
When you are running on your own or in a situation where it makes more sense, running very easy to warm up for 10 minutes or so before doing any sort of stretching is much better.
In a group dynamic, especially among adults, it just isn’t as practical. As Michael said, we can’t have people stopping wherever they are after running for 10 minutes and stretching in the middle of the road during rush hour.
Another option, of course, is to arrive early and do a short jog before heading in to meet with the group so that you can do your dynamic stretching while we talk about that night’s run.