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Have you ever experienced pain from running? Then you need to wake up to some facts. Your pain is a perilous condition if neglected. You need to give some attention to some major muscle groups in the calves if you experience pain from running.
The two main muscle groups that need to be addressed are: Gastrocenemius and the soleus. Most of your fellow running partners know the calf stretch exercise in which you essentially stand and push against a wall. While doing your stretch, keeping the knees straight or bending them makes a whole world of difference. If you keep the knees in a straight manner while you are doing those calf stretches then you are allowing the gastrocenemius muscles to stretch. If you do the same running stretches with your knees bent then the soleus muscles stretch. Most of your fellow runners are not completely aware of this difference and this plays an vital role.
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blah blah blah. bullocks.
Some people swear by stretching and are convinced without it they would be more injury prone and guess what - there are probably just as many, including myself who think it isn't a must for everyone. We're all different. If it works for you, and you enjoy it, by all means go for it.
But, it doesn't work for me. Doesn't do one dang thing. I've not really stretched in almost a year and I've been less injured during that time than when I forced myself to stretch because so many stretch evangelists think it is a must. It isn't.
Get a little tired of these articles from so call stretch experts who convince people if they only stretched the perfect right amount then all their running issues would disappear.
Great article. Tks for sharing. Granted some ppl may be more naturally limber and not need stretching, but those who are inflexible, need all the help we can get.
Marie from Tennessee
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"Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1
Actually, stretching is not going to cure running pain in 99% of cases - especially when the pain is acute and at the beginning stages of an injury. If you are experiencing pain, your best options are to ice it, rest, sleep a lot, and determine why your painful area hurts in the first place. Once you have that figured out, you can start a strengthening routine to help fix that problem area.
Not only that, but static stretching is just plain bad for runners. It decreases your running economy and makes you run slower. Yup, your dad's pre-run stretching program made him slower.
Recent research is also showing that inflexibility is genetically predetermined (so you can only get so much more flexible) and it actually makes you faster (see here: http://sweatscience.com/inflexibility-is-genetically-determined-and-makes-you-fast/). So....still want to do that calf wall stretch?