Let me start this post by thanking everyone for their concerns and show of support as I looked for my motivation. It was touch and go there for a while but I finally found Figment hiding under the bathroom scales in the form of 3 extra pounds. (Hey, it was an awesome birthday weekend, what can I say). I was back on my running schedule again on Monday evening with some intervals.
Now on to the topic at hand. Stretching. I hate it. Always have. I get my gear on and I'm ready to go, but then I have to take 10 - 15 minutes to stretch, it just delays me from getting to my running. In every organized sport that I've ever played we've always had to stretch before every game and every practice, so I've always assumed that I should stretch before running. Turns out that might not be the best idea, at least according to this article. How did I not know this? I've found several articles since that one that even suggest stretching before running could actually cause injury. Admittedly, I have done zero, zip, zilch, nada, nil, no research on this whatsoever, but I can tell you that I'm already a die hard believer in the no stretching before running rule, because quite frankly I hate stretching. This might be the best news that I have heard since my lawyer told me that those charges would never stick.
Now I realize that there are many more experienced runners who read this blog and to those runners I probably sound more ignorant than the comments section of a YouTube video right now, but it has never even occurred to me that stretching might have negative effects. How many of you already knew this? And if you did, why didn't you tell me? Make me feel stupid in the comments.
Incidentally, you can purchase that wonderful stretching machine that's pictured above by clicking on the picture. It may come in useful if you need to torture some medieval peasants and you can't find your stocks.