I ran yesterday for 5.5 miles (well, I walked portions of it but ran the majority) and since I run on the National Mall there's all these trees and grass. I always see people stretching under the trees and just enjoying nature. I've always wanted to stop and stretch under the trees at the end of my run but usually I'm hungry or hot and just want to be back inside. I've been horrible lately about not stretching after running. Bad, I know. I don't like stretching in front of my office building because there's no shade and it's all concrete plus I don't like people I work with to see me in my sweaty running clothes. And the locker room is too small to stretch in. Well, yesterday I stopped and stretched in the grassy shade on the Mall and then walked the rest of the way back to my office (about a tenth of a mile) as a cool down. My muscles felt so much looser from stretching. Why haven't I been doing this??
It's very dark and stormy looking outside (what I can see by looking across the hall and through that person's window). I'm not sure I'll get a run or walk in today. I'll have to see what the weather's doing but if it's not raining too much I plan on doing just a walk today to let my muscles rest a little bit. I also want to do some yoga tonight and should be able to do at least 15 minutes. I'm trying to be better about taking more days off from running and only aiming for 4 days of running a week with a couple of other cross-train or walking days thrown in.