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Ramp Up Your Running By Hitting The Couch (Or Wall)

I hate to break to you, but your daily routine is compromising your ability to run well. Commuting, sitting at a desk, wearing high heels, sitting down for meals, getting cozy on the couch (not the “couch” time I mean!)—all of it is tightening your anterior muscle and ligament chain. What the tightness can mean to your running is less power, tight hips, sore knees, ITB pain, tight calves, Achilles tendinitis and more. Dr. Kelly Starrett, author of Ready to Run likens the phenomenon to driving a Ferrari with the parking break engaged—an amazing machine can only go so fast or far when it’s being used inefficiently. Plus it hurts. Given that many of the tightening factors are unavoidable, Starrett stresses the importance of having a plan to counteract them. His plan is the “couch stretch,” demonstrated here. Photos: Courtesy of Ready To Run

Allison Pattillo

Allison Pattillo

Allison played field hockey and golf while growing up, but always ran “just for the fun of it.” She completed and won her age group in her very first race, a 5K, when she was 26 so that she would at least know how to pin on her number before running her first marathon a month later. Those two races turned into dozens, from mile long sprints to ultras, running to triathlon with some ski and snowshoe racing mixed in as well. After earning a Boston qualifier and completing her first IRONMAN 140.6, this mother of two is now focused on seeing how much she can better her 3:48 PB marathon time, running the World Marathon Majors (Boston and Tokyo are in the books!) and tackling a 50-miler.