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To some it's completing a marathon, to me running is bigger than that: To be around a very long time for my son and to let him enjoy exercise and its benefits.

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Question to all my DM friends: Does anyone stretch? I don't stretch at all before my runs and "maybe" 20 seconds if that after the runs. Long runs - afterwards, maybe 30 seconds. Am I alone on this? Does the fact that I run 5 to 6 times a week make me not need to stretch as my body is already conditioned for it? Thoughts?

  • Thomas G.
    Thomas G.

    I always stretch, a little before a run but almost 10 minutes after most runs. Just because I was sore during and after a couple of runs I didn't stretch, I don't know if not stretching caused it but it certainly helped for me.

    over 2 years ago Like

  • George M.
    George M.

    Thomas - I noticed that eating something directly after finishing my run keeps me from being super sore. Not sure if that is fallacy or not, but seems to work for me.

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Premshree P.
    Premshree P.

    I always do some stretches after my run, but never before, but I guess everyone is different.

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Edward P.
    Edward P.

    I run a lot of miles and find the more I run the more I stretch. I don't before but I sometimes stretch during a long run or after.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Kris B.
    Kris B.

    I stretch to help keep my body in balance. I've had numerous back injuries so my body is pretty imbalanced, and this keeps me from looking like the crooked man :) I envy anyone who does not need to stretch.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • David S.
    David S.

    doing it more to try and loosen up - that and the massage rollers. I can get super tight calves and mentally block it out and then I hurt myself and have to take a break. SOOO... I do some but need to do more.

    over 2 years ago Like

  • George M.
    George M.

    @David - Tell me more about massage rollers. New stuff to me.

    over 2 years ago Like

  • George M.
    George M.

    @Edward - I notice when I run shorter distance like 10 to 12K, stretching for me is almost a non-issue. When I do 20k, then I need to stretch afterwards.Immediate food intake right after I finish my run I noticed really helps. Do you eat something/anything right after your run? I try to eat 1-2 mins right after my run after drinking my water.

    over 2 years ago Like

  • George M.
    George M.

    Saw this on about.com: http://bit.ly/lx6iUa

    "Question: What Should I Eat After a Run? Do I need to eat something after a run?

    Answer: After running, especially a long run, you want to replenish energy as quickly as possible. Studies have shown that muscles are most receptive to rebuilding glycogen (stored glucose) stores within the first 30 minutes after exercise. If you eat soon after your workout, you can minimize muscle stiffness and soreness."

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Marcie M.

    George--2 things in my humble opinion. First--invest in a foam roller--but learn how to do it right. Just like anything else, too much can be a bad thing. But it has made a huge difference for me--especially with my IT Band. Not sure what they have in Peru but online my favorite is Trigger Point's "The Grid".
    2nd--and in my opinion an even bigger piece in my escape from injury is doing a dynamic warm-up (as opposed to static stretching) before each run. Jay Johnson's Cannonball routine is great.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • George M.
    George M.

    @Marcie: Doing my research as we speak. Thank you! Yes, some of the cool things that we have in the states, haven't made it to Peru yet or if they do, it's double the price at times. Looking into it! Keeping with tradition, I still take my American holidays. How can you miss a good 4th of July, right? Great advice, reading more about it.

    over 2 years ago Like

  • George M.
    George M.

    Good stuff guys!

    over 2 years ago Like