Everything I have been reading suggests to stretch AFTER you work out/run while your muscles are warm. Stretching before hand can actually do more harm than good.
Start with a brisk 5 minute walk BEFORE you start your training sequence. I've used two different smartphone apps for 5 k training and they have both said to start with a brisk 5 minute walk, then you start your 1.5 minute walk, then your 1 minute jog.
When you're just starting out, you shouldn't just run. It's important to ease into it.
I hope this helps and that you can resume your training!
Some apps to check out - active.com's Couch-to-5k (iPhone), C25K free & pro Guy Hoffman--creator (Android), and also, http://www.c25k.com/ -- subscribe/download Robert Ullery's C25K training podcast. Great running tunes, as well as cues when to walk/jog, and encouragement. :)
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