How to perform a proper hip stretch and why you need to do it.
In this Tuesday training video we join three-time XTERRA World Champion Lesley Paterson in her San Diego, California living room as she demonstrates her go-to hip stretch.
“I’ve had many running injuries over the years, and from those learned that one of the most important things we can do to mitigate the risk of injury while running is to open up our hips,” said the XTERRA Podcast Host (Tune in for new XTERRA Podcast episode tomorrow, April 15!).
Paterson explains the repetitive nature of the “cycling crunch” shortens our hip flexor muscles, which then causes us to change our running mechanics.
“When we have tight hips we can’t get the proper range of motion through our running posture, so we compensate using other parts of our bodies and that puts everything out of alignment,” said the XTERRA Coach.
Paterson, with 25 career XTERRA major titles under her belt, has long been one of XTERRA’s premiere runners. Throughout her career she has regularly posted the fastest run split on the way to winning an XTERRA off-road triathlon race on Saturday, then followed that with an XTERRA half-marathon trail race win the next day.
“They don’t call her the Scottish Rocket for nothing,” said Samantha Kingsford, after Paterson made up a four-minute deficit on the run to win the XTERRA Pan Am Championship in Utah for the third year in a row last September.
Paterson also knows all about the mental aspect of training and racing, even wrote a book about it with her husband, sports psychologist Simon Marshall, Ph.D., titled The Brave Athlete – Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion. Learn more at http://www.braveheartcoach.com.