At last year's World 24 Championship, Mike Morton was the talk of the steamy with his random mid-race squats. Of course, when he went on to win the race and set a new American Record, everyone know wants to be Mike Morton. And do everything that Mike does. I guess I will see (and, er, do) a lot of this at the weekend.
Jonathan wrote: This mid-run stretch is modelled after the stretch that Mike Morton did while setting the American Record for 24 hours (172 miles) at the 2012 World Championships. I saw Mike do this stretch repeatedly during that race, and I've since emulated it. I've found that it refreshes my legs in everything from training runs to 24 hour races. The Morton stretch is simple and quick, but does not act as a traditional stretch that holds a muscle at full extension. Instead, it moves multiple muscles through their natural range of motion. Unlike many stretches, The Morton does not fully contract any muscles, which can lead to cramping. I don’t normally have a problem with cramping, but the quad stretch where you pull your foot towards your buttocks can trigger a nasty hamstring cramp if I do it after the 50 mile mark. The steps to perform the Morton Stretch is below.