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PostPosted: 03/29/04 - 19:47    Post subject: "Stretching takes beating from study," Miami Heral
I've always looked for excuses not to stretch....

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PostPosted: 03/30/04 - 13:06    Post subject:
I remember going through the Twin Cities Marathon Expo with Megawill and we caught the end of Galloway's presentation in which he was talking about stretching and said it basically hurts you more than helps you.

Interesting stuff. We had a good laugh about it.
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PostPosted: 04/06/04 - 17:43    Post subject:
Keeping with my caveman-running mentality, I stretch very little.
One running quote in my head is Marty Liquori, "Stretching is very over-rated." And if a 3:52 miler/ 13:15 5km runner can get away without stretching, then a much slower me can too.

Like the article, I'm kinda soft on the topic and won't go so far as preach it's not worthwhile. But I do see waaay too often that runners being injured try to use stretching as part of their recovery and reality is, once you're injured, the damage is done and stretching is going to make it worse.
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PostPosted: 04/06/04 - 17:51    Post subject:
When I don't stretch, I get ITBS and/or Achilles Tendonitis.

When I do stretch, those problems don't occur.

3 years of research.

From what I have read, I think some people need the stretching more than others. If I don't stretch, I start to get pain in my IT Band and my left Achilles after about 3 or 4 days.

I've seen and read about others that run further and faster than me, and never stretch.

I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. But my best stab at junk science would be that each person needs to be aware that stretching may or may not be for them.
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PostPosted: 04/07/04 - 18:45    Post subject:
Strictly as a new runner, when I stretch, my hamstrings don't bother me the next day. When I don't stretch, the hamstrings usually do bother me. So I learning to stretch.
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PostPosted: 04/09/04 - 07:38    Post subject:
I have to stretch calf muscles and hamstrings somewhat. Otherwise I just cannot seem to loosen up. I go thru about a 3 minute stretching routine before running.
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PostPosted: 06/03/04 - 15:15    Post subject:
I'm a new runner too. I find I have more aches and pains the day after if I do not stretch. I guess it's different for different people.
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PostPosted: 06/07/04 - 23:19    Post subject:
Hi, I'm new.

I'm fine if I just take a slow warm-up jog before a run. When I train, I just lace up my shoes and run. It doesn't matter what distance. But it's important to me to stretch after I finish or I get severe cramps in my hamstrings at night.
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PostPosted: 06/21/04 - 02:03    Post subject: "Stretching Takes Beating from Study," Miami Heral
I agree that stretching may be overrated, but as always, it is important to consider the individual. If you cannot bend over and touch your toes without bending your knees you probably should stretch. Stretching will also give you a greater range of motion, which probably is no big deal for runners, (as long as one has a normal range of motion.)
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