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9/14/12 1:39 P

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I love my stick!!!! My DD who is a competitive dancer uses my stick too.

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RUNNINGAWAYINTN Posts: 473
9/14/12 1:24 P

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Congratulations!

I don't stretch beforehand, but I'll stretch after a run and that helps me. You might consider getting some compression socks to wear after a long run also (there are all different types). And I bought "the Stick" and roll my muscles and that helps (before that I just used a rolling pin). Good luck!

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9/13/12 3:00 P

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Great job!!!

I find that a couple of minutes of stretching and then either the hot tub or an epsom salt/baking soda bath helps a lot! I am going to try the "ice bath" (cold shower) this weekend after my 8 mile run.

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9/12/12 9:45 A

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Thanks for all the great advice! I appreciate it!

"If I am still standing at the end of the race, hit me with a board and knock me down, because that means I didn't run hard enough." --Steve Jones, former marathon world record holder
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9/11/12 10:45 A

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Awesome job! Congratulations on how far you've come in just a few short months!

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9/10/12 7:31 P

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For me stretching really reduces any soreness, but when necessary I also take an Epsom Salt bath. I know a lot of people rely on ice baths, but a warm Epsom salt bath works for me and is a lot more enjoyable.

And congratulations on your impressive progress so far!

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9/10/12 5:11 P

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I never stretch before a run, but I stretch every time AFTER a run. I do a short routine of static stretches, doing each stretch for 60 seconds. It works for me. The very few times that I failed to stretch after running, I felt the effects later.

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Congrats on the plan, sticking to it, feeling the confidence build and being generally awesome!


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9/10/12 4:39 P

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Hi,

Stretching is a hotly debated topic. While some people benefit from stretching, others do not. I actually perfer foam rolling over stretching. If you do elect to stretch, I would avoid static stretching (like bending over and touching your toes and holding the stretch for a period of time), and hone in more on dynamic stretching, such as leg swings, frankensteins, butt kicks, etc.

That being said, do not be too alarmed about being sore. Being sore is expected, especially as you advance your mileage, however, if you ever experience pain that is something else. The soreness you are experiencing is from microscopic tears in the muscles that need time to heal. This can take several days. Once your runs exceed an hour, you may want to eat a food source of carbs and protein ASAP after your run. The carbs will replenish your glycogen stores and the protein will help with the repair and recovery of the damaged muscles. Some runners find low-fat chocolate milk to be the ideal refueling source, while others find SlimFast to be a good convenient source.

Take care and keep up the AWESOME job!!!

Coach Nancy

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1st of all emoticon making a plan and sticking to it. If you do the training, the race will be a "mostly" enjoyable experience and the feeling you get when you cross the finish line is amazing.

I do a short, post run stretching routine similar to this: sportsmedicine.about.com/od/runningw
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I tend to have tight hip flexors, IT band and achilles tendon, so I concentrate on those areas and my quads and hamstrings. If you are having serious post run stiffness/soreness an ice bath is brutal, but can help alot.

Keep up the good work!

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9/10/12 4:33 P

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I have a couple of questions.....are you doing any crosstraining on your non-running days? Is there a certain part that is sore - ie, hips, knees, etc?

You are doing great!!

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Two months ago I was scared beyond belief that I couldn't do this. That I would give up and not make my training runs. But I'm now in my 5th week of training and enjoying every minute of it. It seems the longer the run the more confident I get. I can't wait till next Saturday when I put in my first 6 mile run!!! But on that note I do have to ask for any advice on stretches. After my run I was kind of sore and still had some lingering soreness through Sunday. Any advice??

"If I am still standing at the end of the race, hit me with a board and knock me down, because that means I didn't run hard enough." --Steve Jones, former marathon world record holder
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Wesley Chapel 5k 11/7/09: Done! 37:04
Gasparilla Distance Classic 5k 2/27/10: Done!43:04
Gasparilla Distance Classic 5k 2/26/11: 40:03
Women's Half Marathon!!! 11/18/12: 03:12:32


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