Congrats on you running! Most recommendations are to stretch afterwards. There are some great resources here on Sparkpeople about running and how to take care of your body as you become a runner. I stretch afterwards. I also use a foam roller, they have them at most gyms these days. I also bought "The Stick" which is a very popular self massage tool used by top athletes... google it. You may want to consider a "couch to 5k" program to guide you as well. I would advice taking it slow so you don't over do it. For example, If you're running 5 miles a week, add 10% per week. So the next week run 5.5 miles. Walk breaks are great! Jeff Galloway has walk breaks incorporated into his system of training and I've become a believer as I train for my first Half Marathon. Here's a link: www.jeffgalloway.com/ Best wishes and GOOD LUCK!
I'm kicking up my workouts and after years of having asthma and knee pain....I decided to try to run and I actually managed to run 10 minutes the first time around! I was super impressed and will continue to try and increase my time. Today I ran for 20 minutes with about 3 walking breaks in between. I noticed however that I was having tightness in my calves..do most of you stretch before and after? I stretch after, but this was discomfort during the run. ( I run on a treadmill btw)
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