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Five stretches every runner should know

Originally Published: June 3, 2011
By Selene Yeager

We know, we know: Stretching is confusing. One minute experts tell you to stretch before you run, and the next minute research reveals that static stretching (think: touching your toes) may actually zap performance. What's a runner to do?

Well, first, know this. You need to stretch. Running makes your legs strong, toned, and, unfortunately, tight. Every step you take forces those quads, hamstrings, calves, and hips to flex and extend over and over to propel you down the road. After ...

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