When I started running cross country in high school, we always stretched as a team before practices and games. After races, it was up to us to cooldown and stretch on our own, which sent the message that stretching after running wasn’t as important. Fast forward 20 years and stretching has been a hotly debated topic for at least two decades.
The latest researchers (mostly) agree that the most important thing is to stretch when your muscles are warm. For me, this means a half- to a full-mile warm-up and then some static...
We’ve written a couple posts explaining the differences between energy liquids and tablets and gels, chews, and bars. Now that you’ve decided what you want to take, how do you know when to take it?
A good rule of thumb is that you don’t need to take anything unless you’ll be running for more than an hour. If you’re going out for a long run or race, then you should take your gel/chews around 45-60 minutes in. Everyone is different, so it could take anywhere from 5-15 minutes for you to start feeling the effects (you...
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