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PostPosted: 08/11/05 - 22:15    Post subject: stretching
First off... i'm new to the board. just registered tonight.

Also, I just bought a pair of brooks running shoes.

So my question is this:
i did a search for stretching, but didn't find a thread on it. what kinds of stretches do i need to do before i start my early morning run?
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PostPosted: 08/11/05 - 23:44    Post subject:

...seriously. Current wisdom is to NOT stretch BEFORE a run. Especially in the morning, those stiff muscles from many hours of inactivity are in no condition to be yanked, pulled and lunged about. The best bet is to simply get out and run. Take that first mile easy and crank things up after you're well warmed up.

After your run is finished is the time to do some slow stretching. I do very little myself and only cover the basics...calves (wall push), quads (hurdler stretch), hammies (toe touch...yeah, right) and some light groin stretching (step legs apart, lean to side).

Recently in running magazines and such, there's been some good discussion on the value of stretching. Both flexible and inflexible runners race well and stay healthy/injured just as much. And flexiblity is no way connected to speed. So really, it's a matter of personal taste. If you 'like' the way a good stretching session feels, then go for it, but there's no tried-and-true slam-dunk method that works for everyone. Once a runner is injured, that 'problem' muscle/tendon often becomes a pain if not kept flexible, so a good many runners end up being stretching gurus in that regard, but if you're just starting out and don't have any problem areas, go ahead and do a light session after your run.

Enjoy those new Brooks! What model did you get?
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PostPosted: 08/12/05 - 05:39    Post subject:
Welcome to the forums! I hate to say this but I agree with jrjo. Shocked Wink
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PostPosted: 08/12/05 - 07:01    Post subject:
they are brooks epiphany's.

My wife and i went to the shoe store last night. I had never heard of brooks, and neither had i. The guy at the store was sooooo helpful. It was the first shoe he recommended, and said it was one of the best on the market. After i made my descision, my wife was like "your so gullable, you know how retail is, all they want to do is make a sale!" Right in front of the guy. i was so embarrassed, but he waived it off and explained his philosophy to her.

Then we went to meet my brother for dinner, and he was like... you got them for how much? jeez dude, brooks are awsome, i'm surprised you got them for that cheap.

I egged her on about it for the rest of the night.
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