The benefit of hip stretching is that it makes your muscles more flexible allowing them to extend back far enough behind you before it comes forward again. This flexibility allows you to run faster and stronger. It also makes you less injury prone.
The following images show types of hip stretching exercises you can do at home
Stretch until the muscle just begins to feel tight (stretch point). It is important to hold the stretch position for 20 seconds, relax for 10 seconds and repeat each exercise for each leg. The stretching program should last 10 minutes. A practical program is to perform each exercise 2 or 3 times on each leg.
The 2010 Grandma? marathon and Gary Bjorkland Half-Marathon happened over the weekend. I have been looking around the blogosphere for images and I found some awesome photos from flickr. Make sure to visit the photographers pages @ flickr to see more images.
The Normal Medium Arch foot type is the most common type of foot among runners. If you take a wet test the following images describe a Normal Medium Arch foot.
From the side a normal arch type foot should look like this image below.
Shoe type for Normal Arch Foot
According to Zappos website (No 1 shoe sellers) A runner with this type of foot should wear a stability shoe. These shoes have some medial support and good midsole cushioning. Because normal or medium arches are the most common foot type, most runners will need Stability shoes