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The 10 Best Mobility Exercises For Runners

  • By TJ Murphy
  • Published Aug. 31, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 19, 2013 at 8:50 AM UTC

CrossFit San Francisco’s Kelly Starrett tells you how to stay fast, supple and injury-free.

One year ago Kelly Starrett, DPT and co-owner of CrossFit San Francisco, set out to record a year’s worth of near daily video blogs. Starrett (probably the strongest, most supple finisher ever in the history of the Quad Dipsea trail ultra), in developing an immeasurable bank vault of mobility exercises valuable for runners, not only provides the how but the why. A runner committing 10 minutes a day to Starrett’s “Mobility Workout of the Day,” or MWOD, is destined to bound away with some impressive understanding of mobility, tissue health and how it all ties into unleashing great performance.

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It was nine months ago when I was introduced to Starrett’s approach to maintenance. Six weeks before I was struggling with a knee pain and limp that I thought for sure was going to require surgery. In my particular case, the limp disappeared immediately after beginning the daily ritual of dedicated 10 or 15 to just one of Starrett’s gems. Over the following pages is a “Best Ten” arsenal of exercises that if practiced with dedication—Starrett says there are no days off when it comes to recovery—has the potential to prevent injury and increase performance in any runner, regardless of background, age or talent.

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TJ Murphy

TJ Murphy

T.J. Murphy is a 2:38 marathoner and five-time Ironman finisher. He is the former editorial director of Triathlete Magazine, Inside Triathlon and Competitor Magazine. His writing has also appeared in Outside Magazine and Runner’s World. He recently authored “Inside the Box: How Broke All The Rules, Stripped Down the Gym and Rebuilt My Broken Down Body.”

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