'Tight hips' the bane of runners everywhere. I know...I suffer from tight hips and it affects my running. Not in a good way.
I should first explain that I don't like stretching. I generally get out of bed and still bleary eyed head out for my early morning run. Most mornings I stumble along for the first kilometre without being fully awake...thankfully I have reflective gear on so the cars can see me. I'm know I don't see them. Once warmed up I speed up of course and my breathing becomes more relaxed. I can feel my muscles loosen up as my stride lengthens and leg turnover increases. Over the past few years though I've noticed a significant increase in the time it takes to get comfortable. Stretching before running would help...specifically stretching my very tight hips should pay off.
I found this illustration showing essential stretches for tight hips and have been doing them regularly recently. I'll know in a couple of weeks how my running improves.
Until next time...