If I'm being honest, I got a little overzealous yesterday evening when I decided to run 7.25 miles and follow with a 1.75 mile walk with my dad.
It was part of our training for the Marine Corps Marathon, so we needed to do it, but following the excitement and late night from Saturday, my body could have used an easier run. Still, it was a weird feeling waking up this morning to some soreness in my legs (and feeling a little bit like I had pulled a muscle).
Luckily, I got myself to Reggie's 8:15 Bikram class tonight. Some of the poses were a little bit more painful than usual -- standing head to knee and toe stand stick out in my head right now -- but I'm definitely glad I got a solid ninety minutes of stretching in.
Stretching is one aspect of exercise that I always underestimate. I think in the past I had always been too impatient to "waste my time" improving my flexibility when I could be lifting weights or doing cardio. Ever since taking up Bikram, though, I've found myself really valuing the time I spend stretching. I definitely notice improvements in my ability to recover from soreness when I practice yoga as compared to when I do not.
Do you incorporate stretching into your fitness routine? If so, what do you do?