Runners encouraged to warm up before Missoula Marathon

MISSOULA COUNTY

POSTED: 8:29 PM Jul 04 2012   UPDATED: 9:01 PM Jul 04 2012
Runners encouraged to warm up before Missoula Marathon
Missoula, Mont. -

Even though Adam, Mark and Brook are calling for temperatures reaching 100 degrees on race day, it will be chilly before the gun goes off at 6:00 am.

Race Director Anders Brooker says even though you will be hitting the pavement for a long time, you still should take a few minutes to warm up. "I really like dynamic stretches, so not just holding a stretch when muscles are cold and things like that, but doing motions like running motions, whether it's skipping or high knees; dynamic movements that are going to warm up all your muscle groups and not necessarily pull on just one muscle. Before a big run or big race, you need to do dynamic stretching, getting the heart rate up, getting the blood flowing, maybe a little sweat going. Those are great things."

If you do chose some stationary stretches, make sure you hold them long enough. Brooker tells NBC Montana, "If you like static stretching, I think people should do it lightly and hold it for at least 30 seconds to a minute, so that you can get a true stretch."

Brooker advises focusing on the calves, hamstrings and quadriceps.

Brooker also reminds everyone to try to stay calm and relaxed before the race and not to start out too fast because you are caught up in the excitement.