1367 miles, or a marathon per week

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to stretch before or not to stretch before running...that is the question (Read 205 times)


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    Because I'm convinced that not stretching before runs has contributed to my injuries. And cold stretching in between run days has helped noticeably. When I had ITB flare ups, I noticed that cold stretching the ITB (advice from a phys therapist) and stretching the hammy made this problem go away quickly. I realize that cold stretching is a dirty phrase these days but my running injuries started to mount after following the "no stretching until warmed up" school of thought. I still stretch after runs which doesn't seem to matter at all in the way my body feels right after but I do it because I know it'll help keep things from getting too tight later that day. I seem to know my limits as to how far and how much I can push a cold stretch. What can I say, a routine of cold stretching seems to be working well for me and has made a positive difference.

    San Francisco - 7/29/12

    Warrior Dash Ohio II - 8/26/12

    Chicago - 10/7/12


      I always walk fast for 5 minutes and then do some stretching before each run. I count the 5 minutes walk of about 0.3 mile separately though, not as my weekly running mileage. I guess you can also run really slow for 5 - 10 minutes then do some stretching before the faster running.