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Ask the Expert: Post-run stretching

December 5, 2007

Q: If you're under a time constraint of 5 minutes of stretching post-run, which stretches would you say are absolutely necessary to do everytime? or should it be switched up? Patricia K., New York City, NY

Bob: It really depends upon whether you have any nagging soreness or are getting over an injury. Those areas should always be attended to first. Barring that situation, you should always pay particular attention to your calves since they have done the lion's share of the work. Next should be your upper legs including your hamstring, your glutes and your IT band. Don't rush through them. You are better off doing fewer and doing them right than doing more and doing them poorly.