Blog reader Taryn posted a great comment to my earlier post about stretching. It deserves public viewing, so I’m posting the bulk of it here.
“When you talked about your calf stretches, did you know that there are 2 calf muscles? One is typically a short distance sprinting muscle, and the other is used for long distance (the soleus). The way you speak of stretching, you’re stretching your gastroc (the sprinting one). And I’m assuming you run long distances right? To stretch your soleus, it’s the same way, but bend your knee. Gastrocnemius is a 2 joint muscle, it crosses both the ankle and the knee, that’s why you keep your knee straight when you stretch it. Soleus however is only a 1 joint muscle, and in this you need to bend your knee to hit it. You should feel it right deep at the bottom near your achilles.”
A big learning for me, Taryn, and much appreciated. Thank you!