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At one time, virtually all runners stretched vigorously before every workout. But most authorities now recommend that you warm up for five to 10 minutes before stretching. Therefore, some runners prefer to do their stretches after their running workout – and some much later.

As long as your muscles are warmed up sufficiently, it's fine to stretch before your workout. (Jogging easily for five to ten minutes should do the trick.) Just be sure you don't over-stretch, which can lead to soft tissue injuries like muscle pulls.

It's important to gently stretch the muscles you work during a run. Stretching not only increases flexibility, but also reduces the risk of injury, muscle tension and soreness. Stretch gently, and hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds. Don't “bounce,” which can also cause injury.



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