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Tips To Keep Your Legs Loose During Road Trips

NCAA runner turned high school coach Hillary Kigar has an answer for all things running and racing—and that includes how to prepare your body for races near and far.

I’ve decided to drive to a destination race—how often should I be stopping to stretch my legs on my road trip?

Road tripping to a destination race is part of the fun, so first be sure to enjoy the scenery! Stopping during the drive can be a valuable part of the experience, especially if you are able to check out a few different sights along the way. If your race is the day after your drive, try to stop the car to stretch your legs every hour, even if just for a few minutes. Or if you can find a safe space out of the way, spend those minutes foam rolling! If your race is more than a day later, you can go longer in between stops—just try to pay attention to how tight your legs are feeling. Depending on the length of the drive, it can be helpful to split the drive in half and do a short shake-out run or walk of 15 to 20 minutes midway through to help keep your legs from getting too stiff or cramped.

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