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3 Effective Calf Stretches For the Runner

It's now day two since we ran the City2Surf, and needless to say a few of us in the office are feeling the affects. Tight, sore calf muscles have made the simplest of tasks (i.e walking) a little difficult. So in honour of the week of R&R after the big race, we're going to take you through three simple calf stretches, in case you need them too. Keep reading.

Standing stretch: Standing against a wall, put your hands flat on the wall at chest level. Put your right foot behind your left foot, keeping them flat. Bend slightly into your left foot, but keep your right leg straight and heel on the floor. You should feel the stretch in the lower half of the right calf. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other leg.

Step drop stretch: Find a step with a rail and stand on the bottom step. Place right foot on the step and keep your weight grounded on this foot. Place the ball of your left foot at the edge of the step. Gradually let your left foot drop, while keeping your left leg straight. You should feel the stretch in your achilles tendon and your calf muscle. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat twice on both legs.

Wall stretch: Stand on the floor in front of a wall. Lift the toes of one foot up against the wall, keeping the heel on the floor and the knee straight. Move your body weight forward until you can feel a slight stretch up the back of the calf. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other leg.

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