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Stretching Cold Muscles: Staying Safe for the Ugly Sweater Run

Like it or not, winter is well on its way and the holiday season is looming. There are presents to buy, parties to plan, and homes to decorate. It’s also time for the Ugly Sweater Run in Las Vegas! December 14, 2013, at 11 AM, walkers and runners of all ages will be out and about in their very best ugly sweaters and mustaches (real or fake) to take on this special 5k in downtown. This race is held to benefit our local Toys for Tots collection, so all participants are asked to bring a child’s toy to donate.

Even wearing a big old sweater, you take a risk running with cold, stiff muscles. Stretching cold muscles before you run can actually cause an injury if you aren’t careful. With dynamic stretches and a good warm up, you can prepare your feet and legs for your 5k and help avoid injuries.

Rather than starting with normal calf and hamstring stretches, jog in place for several minutes to get the blood flowing and your muscles moving. Then perform several dynamic stretches, like lunges moving forward, legs swings, and calf raises. Remember to be careful and not push too hard. Your tissues are still cold and straining them could result in a problem before the event even starts. With your muscles warmed up, they are primed to fire and perform during the race. After your run, take the time to do more traditional running stretches to help your muscles relax again.

This holiday season, don’t let cold muscles scare you off—get your cheerful, giving spirit going with an energetic Ugly Sweater Run and donation to Toys for Tots. If you do develop foot or ankle pain from your training or your race, don’t ignore it and hope it’ll get better. Contact the experts at Absolute Foot Care Specialists for an appointment or more information and eliminate your pain. Call (702) 839-2010 or visit the online contact page to reach us.

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