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C2U: Week Eight (s-t-r-e-t-c-h)

Two months in: how are you feeling? Has your body changed? Are you stronger? Can you run farther?

This week is a 'rest week'. Every three weeks, I've cut your mileage back a little bit. You'll get a total of 12 miles this week, with a long run of 5. Break up the remaining 7 as follows (or really, however works best for you): 3, 2, 2.

Stretching. It's one of those things that runners and studies debate. Does it really work? When should you stretch - before or after a run? Why would I want to stretch?

I like to stretch by doing yoga. I get warmed up, I get to strengthen my body, I get to relax. I don't really like stretching any other way. Generally, I usually do some light stretching after my run (once I'm warmed up), if my muscles are aching. I don't like to stretch before my run, because my muscles are cold and I'm afraid of hurting them.

Studies have shown that stretching may or may not cause less soreness (the recent ones are saying it won't prevent soreness). Studies have shown that stretching may or may not help to prevent injury. You can research it to find all the various studies.

I just know that without yoga, my knees and hips kill me when I up my miles. With yoga, it doesn't hurt so much. I don't feel achy and injured. But that's just me. This is another one of those experiment things. See what works for you!

Experienced runners - do you stretch? Why or why not? Let's discuss!


i always stretch after a run because if you don't, you'll die.

I always stretch after the run not before, before i do abs, because otherwise i can't sleep at night, my legs feel restless.

I stretch all the time. Seems like the more I run the more I have to keep moving.

I do some warm up squats before running and minimal (or not at all) stretching after a run. Like you, I find regular yoga class very helpful. I go twice a week now. Also, 5-10 minutes on the foam roller every night, whether I'm sore/tight or not has made a big difference for me.

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