Stretching and Skateboarding
I am no paragon of stretching. This is not because I am not for pulling appendage from torso in an ongoing effort to lengthen the inelastic, but rather because “I’d rather be running.” When I do set my mind to stretch my muscles and sinews, it is either immediately pre-race, or it is post-run.
There seems to be some odd connection between mind and muscle strain. For example, on the skateboard I can feign the splits with abandon in a series of near fatal over-corrections one after the other over the polished concrete without so much as a blink of pain or discomfort. At the same time, one slight misstep upon a scree slope slant during a run, and my same calves knot up instantaneously. I think it’s that skating is simply more fun than running. Sacrilege!