Skipping pre-run stretches or warm-up sessions is a recipe for a workout injury. Running with muscles that aren't properly prepped can result in a muscle strain that keeps you off your feet — and off the road or trail — for days, weeks or even months.
But starting with a five- to 10-minute jog or walk followed by dynamic stretching before running helps prepare your muscles so they’re ready for your run. Focus on stretching the major muscle groups you'll be using — quads, hamstrings, glutes and hip flexors — and don't forget moves that also warm up your abs, back and calves. Here are eight stretches to do before running that hit all those areas.